You know Krugman wanted to use the word bullshit:
[T]he production of humbug — which was still a somewhat amateurish craft when Dickens wrote — has now become a systematic, even industrial, process.Conservatism in America is built almost entirely on lies. Consciously and intentionally. It's deeply un-Christian and wholly uncharitable.
At Christmastime, Tiny Tim said, "God bless us, every one."
Conservatives to the contrary say with their actions, Devil take the hindmost.