The Times Watch laugh of the day comes courtesy of Paul Krugman's Monday column (Times Select $ required), "Sweet  Little Lies ," wherein the paper'salleged economics columnist claims the scandal-ridden Clinton administration was actually "pretty honest and well run."
"The Clinton years were a parade of fake scandals: Whitewater, Troopergate, Travelgate, Filegate, Christmas-card-gate. At the end, there were false claims that Clinton staff members trashed the White House on their way out.
"Each pseudoscandal got headlines, air time and finger-wagging from the talking heads. The eventual discovery in each case that there was no there there, if reported at all, received far less attention. The effect was to make an administration that was, in fact, pretty honest and well run - especially compared with its successor - seem mired in scandal."