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Paul Krugman: Abe Lincoln Would Have Recognized the Rhetoric of Marco Rubio as the Rhetoric of Jefferson Davis: Noted for July 28, 2013

Paul Krugman: Greg Sargent finds Marco Rubio trying to redefine the nature of budget blackmail…

declaring that it’s not about Republicans threatening to shut down the government unless Obama defunds heath reform; it’s about Obama threatening to shut down the government unless he gets to implement the law. No, really. Rubio: "I think the real question is: Is Barack Obama willing to shut down the government over ObamaCare?"… Where have I heard that before?… Lincoln… talks of slave interests declaring that they will break up the Union if Northerners vote in a Republican, which will make secession the fault of… anti-slavery forces: "That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, 'Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!”'" Old Abe would have recognized today’s Republicans.