But then, my respect for the NY Times is actually pretty low these days. If it weren't for Paul Krugman, it would mostly be gone [...]
If you want to know the truth about Paul Krugman, you have to read those nasty eeeeevil right-wing blogs like Power Line. A good example is their recent shredding of Krugman's screed repeating the tired old claim that Gore really won in 2000 and Kerry really won in 2004, despite the fact that not even the Times itself reached those conclusions.
Of course, Simpson wouldn't ever read those. Oh, no. They might destroy his comfortable leftist worldview.