Hillary Clinton Al Gore Syndrome

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Exploding Head Syndrome, Gore Derangement Syndrome.

It’s all one big Hillary/Gore/Clinton/Al blur today on Big Pink and the old Gray Lady a.k.a. the New York Times.

Confused? We were too as we read today’s Paul Krugman column in the New York Times. For a few minutes we thought Paul Krugman had lifted wholesale several of our earlier articles.

The Krugman column discusses the derangement any reminder of Gore has on right-wingers. Krugman fails to tackle the role of all his brethern in Big Media, such as the New York Times and the equally ugly role PINOs, Naderites, and Big Blogs have had in the attacks on Gore. But on the whole, the column is commendable. In fact, replace the name “Gore” with “Hillary”, and you get several of our previously written articles in the bargain.

Krugman’s column is called Gore Derangement Syndrome (hey, read our May 8, 2007 article Heads Explode to learn about the Hillary related derangement: Exploding Head Syndrome, or Hillary Is 44 Fever At Epidemic Levels, or Hillary Clinton To Blame For EHS. – we take Josh Marshall and Matt Yglesias to task in this last one.)

Krugman opens his discussion of Gore Derangement Syndrome with the ugly reception Gore’s Nobel prize announcement met in right wing publications such as the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online. Krugman then writes:

What is it about Mr. Gore that drives right-wingers insane?

Partly it’s a reaction to what happened in 2000, when the American people chose Mr. Gore but his opponent somehow ended up in the White House. Both the personality cult the right tried to build around President Bush and the often hysterical denigration of Mr. Gore were, I believe, largely motivated by the desire to expunge the stain of illegitimacy from the Bush administration.

And now that Mr. Bush has proved himself utterly the wrong man for the job — to be, in fact, the best president Al Qaeda’s recruiters could have hoped for — the symptoms of Gore derangement syndrome have grown even more extreme.

Krugman posits an answer to why there is Gore hate:

The worst thing about Mr. Gore, from the conservative point of view, is that he keeps being right. In 1992, George H. W. Bush mocked him as the “ozone man,” but three years later the scientists who discovered the threat to the ozone layer won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2002 he warned that if we invaded Iraq, “the resulting chaos could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam.” And so it has proved.

Krugman informs us that there are policy reasons for the Gore hate:

But Gore hatred is more than personal. When National Review decided to name its anti-environmental blog Planet Gore, it was trying to discredit the message as well as the messenger. For the truth Mr. Gore has been telling about how human activities are changing the climate isn’t just inconvenient. For conservatives, it’s deeply threatening.

Krugman sums up the RIPublican Gore hate, failing to take on PINOs, Naderites, Big Blogs and Krugman’s own: Big Media and the New York Times. And then, the final, the real reason, for the Gore hate:

Which brings us to the biggest reason the right hates Mr. Gore: in his case the smear campaign has failed. He’s taken everything they could throw at him, and emerged more respected, and more credible, than ever. And it drives them crazy.

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In the past, Krugman had something to say about the role of Big Media, not just the right-wing press in the Gore hate. DailyHowler, in June of this year discussed a Krugman column in which the following truth was stated: If early campaign reporting is any guide, the bad media habits that helped install the worst president ever in the White House haven’t changed a bit.

Krugman utterly failed in this latest column to tackle PINOs, Naderites, Big Blogs, and Big Media. He also failed to take on his fellow New York Times columnist Frank Rich. Recall Frank Rich’s recent column Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore? [We discussed Rich’s abomination in The 2000 Code – we wrote: In 2000 Big Media clowns echoed by Nader and the Naderites blared their right-wing manufactured lies. Together these interest groups villified tan suit wearing Al Bore Gore while good Democrats either did not understand the full insidious perfidy done to their candidate, or stood by, silently watching.]

But we won’t be churlish and continue to take Krugman to task for his PINO, Naderite, Big Blogs, Big Media blind spots. Instead, employing our wonderful “search” feature to research our past writings on “Gore” let’s replace “Gore” with “Hillary” and employ the Krugman template to figure out why there is Hillary hate.

We ask, what is it about Hillary that drives right-wingers [and PINOs and Naderites, Big Blogs and Big Media] insane?

Partly, it’s a reaction to what happened in 1992 when Bill Clinton against all odds defeated Jerry Brown and Paul Tsongas and other extremist favorites (we are not calling JB or PT extreme, just noting that the extreme left favored them). Then Bill Clinton actually won election and that united the extreme left and the extreme right in their Clinton hatred. The Republican establishment had already targeted Bill and Hillary Clinton years earlier as detailed in The Hunting of the President.

Partly, it’s Hillary’s thoughtfulness and understanding of “both sides of the pancake” and how the world works. Instead of sloganeering and yelling and saying silly things, Hillary thinks before she speaks. This thoughtfulness drives the pamphleteers on the left and right crazy. The extreme left wants martyrs, the extreme right wants targets – both abhor thoughtfulness. The extreme left and the extreme right want “simple” and “obvious” responses and uniformity of thought. The extremes loathe complexity and despise those who do not see the world as they do, in manichean Black and White.

And now that her opponents have proved themselves utterly the wrong men for the job the symptoms of Exploding Head Syndrome have grown more extreme.

We posit an answer as to why there is Hillary hate:

The worst thing about Hillary, from the right-wing, PINO, Naderite, Big Blog, Big Media, New York Times point of view, is that she keeps on being right. Since 1992, Hillary has been mocked, for her focus on family and especially children’s issues. The extreme right viewed “family values” as the property of right-wing propagandists and the extreme left wing sniffed at such mundane issues which did not address their pie-in-the-sky desires. After publication of It Takes A Village and its common sense message the extreme loathing for Hillary by the extreme sides of the political spectrum became… extreme.

We will digress for a bit, to discuss Iraq which Krugman mentions in his discussion of Gore hate.

In Hillary On Iraq, Part I we discussed some of Hillary’s reasons for her vote on the Iraq resolution in 2002. In that discussion months ago, we too focused on the Gore quote selected by Krugman in his article today. However we quoted Gore’s 2002 remarks more fully in our defense of Hillary from a PINO smear published this year in Harpers magazine. Here is the full Gore quote from 2002 Krugman cites today:

“The resulting chaos in the aftermath of a military victory in Iraq could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam. Here’s why I say that; we know that he has stored away secret supplies of biological weapons and chemical weapons throughout his country. As yet, we have no evidence, however, that he has shared any of those weapons with terrorist groups. If the administration has evidence that he has, please present it, because that would change the way we all look at this thing.”

In that same discussion we quoted Hillary from her speech to the Senate before the October 10, 2002 Iraq resolution vote:

“I believe international support and legitimacy are crucial. After shots are fired and bombs are dropped, not all consequences are predictable.” and “My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption, or for uni-lateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose — all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world.”

There was also this quote from Hillary in the same article we wrote months ago:

“there is still the matter of Saddam Hussein’s biological and chemical weapons. Today he has maximum incentive not to use them or give them away.” In other words Hillary Clinton and Al Gore agree that immediate war might provide Hussein with incentive to provide terrorists with weapons which thus far he had not provided.

The extremes on the left and the right choose to ignore Hillary’s thoughtfulness on Iraq. When Krugman praises Gore on Iraq, he unwittingly praises Hillary on Iraq. Let’s now return to our Krugman template.

There are policy reasons for the Hillary hate:

Hillary hatred is more than personal. When hundreds, if not thousands of books are written and thousands of attacks launched they are trying to discredit the message as well as the messenger. For the truths Hillary has been telling are not just inconvenient. For right-wingers, RIPublicans, PINOs, Naderites, Big Blogs and Big Media, they are deeply threatening.

There are policy reasons for the hate. When Hillary more than a decade ago fought for universal health care, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to defeat her plan. The extreme left wants only a single payer system and anything less is viewed as too little and/or too corporate. The extreme left wants a perfect universal healthcare plan they approve of, not necessarily universal health care itself. Hillary wants the best plan that will actually pass and benefit all Americans and the American economy. The extreme right, Scrooge-like, has as its only healthcare solution — the morgue.

And then, the final, the real reason, for the Hillary hate:

Which brings us to the biggest reason the right [and PINOs, and Naderites, and Big Blogs, and Big Media] hates Mrs. Clinton: in her case the smear campaign has failed. She’s taken everything they could throw at her, and emerged more respected, and more credible, than ever. And it drives them crazy.


46 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Al Gore Syndrome

  1. Frank Rick wants to sell his books. Oprah is best avenue for gaining publicity for their books. Oprah is supporting Obama. Frank Rich will support Obama. Hillary is his opponent. Hence attack Hillary. Helps him curry more favors and sell more books in future. You can go and see how much he was sucking up to Oprah on her show when he was selling his last book.

  2. admin, u are right on the mark. the hillary haters on the nutroots are getting worse becuase they are losing. they can’t stand and handle it. it will only intensify leading up to feb. 5th. obama, edwards, and hoping gore getting in the race will not cut it. when she wins the nomination and the white house next year they better stay away from razor blades and cliffs. LOL.

  3. One thing for sure. We can see a lot of fireworks during the next debate from the rest of the pack. Hillary better be fully prepared.

  4. ra1029, don’t be surprized if they personally attack her husband in the debates. he has 85% approval ratings with dems. hillary also matches those numbers. attack at their risk.

  5. admin, this is the deadline for cash on hand to the fec. i checked the fec website and nothing. any numbers anywhere about? i would love to see the burn rate of obama and cash-on-hand to see the spending.

  6. Here is Obama’s shot at hillary last week from first read..

    Obama, the last presidential candidate to take the stage, also couldn’t resist a parting shot at the competition. “I’m not going to win just by being the most calculating politician in this race,” he said.

  7. terrondt-

    Opensecrets.com will have the numbers up tomorrow. Their site is 10X easier to navigate than the FEC’s and 100 times better organized and constructed. I predict that Obama spent almost as much as he took in last Q (20 mil.) and that his financial supporters, many of whom are waiting with baited breath for the numbers, will be appalled at his burn rate and what he’s spent to fall so far behind, and even more reluctant to throw good money after bad.

  8. thanx TheRealist. guys some election time teaser tuesday on that mass-5 us house race. go niki tsongas!!!!!

  9. all these national polls showing a 20+ point leads, i wonder when it will be felt in iowa? anyway, sweet news all around.

  10. Obama and Edwards had dueling phone calls today. Edwards announced the SEIU Iowa local endorsement in a phone call and Obama immediately announced the endorsement of the Illinois and Indiana SEIU locals.

  11. Kathy Sullivan the former state Chair of the NH Democratic Party endorsed Hillary today. As far ahead as Hillary is in NH this endorsement should still help solidify that lead.

  12. I think also they feel de-legitimized by anyone who is reality based. If you base your opinion on real-world information, and your opinion changes and grows as you receive new information, then you are a threat to people who don’t think that way. The primary split is between the left and the right on this, but there’s certainly some of it (ahem, Obama supporters) in the Democratic party as well.

  13. We posted this in the Stinky B.O. comments but thought it might be a good idea to post it here as well. It’s Michelle Obama video talking about you can’t run the White House if you can’t run your own house.

  14. Here’s the kicker in the new ARG poll;

    October 14th-Clinton 45% Obama 20%

    March 2007- Clinton 34% Obama 31%

    Wait until the Obama supporters see how much dough he’s blown in the past four months to go from a statistical dead heat to being TWENTY- FIVE points behind!

  15. We frequently question the intelligence of the Obama campaign. We not so frequently question the intelligence of the Edwards campaign. Today, is Edwards stupidity day. This is from today’s Hotline:

    “A statement released by Edwards camp. staff Colleen Murray: “There is too much at stake in this election for any voter to be forced to question the sincerity” of the Dem nominee (10/14).”

    Is “sincerety” an issue Edwards really wants to raise? That campaign needs to check the last Des Moines Register poll in Iowa and get a clue as to whose sincerety is doubted by the voters.

  16. On Hillary’s birthday bash at the Beacon Theater in NYC

    “Hillary Clinton’s 60th birthday bash next weekend just turned into a Crystal ball – as in BILLY CRYSTAL

    The campaign confirmed to the Daily News’ Mouth of the Potomac blog that the New York funnyman will emcee the big night at the Beacon Theatre next week.

    They had already signed up ELVIS COSTELLO for the music, with JAKOB DYLAN’S WALLFLOWERS doing the warmup honors.

    The campaign is hoping to raise about $1 million with the celebration, but by our math, selling out the Beacon should gross more like $2 million. And with the big-name entertainment and both Clintons in attendance, it’s likely they’ll come pretty close to selling out.

    Plus, Rob Reiner, Crystal’s director from “When Harry Met Sally,” is throwing Hillary a party at his place this Sunday. Smaller crowd, but bigger donations.

  17. Here is video of Bill Clinton campaigning for Nikki Tsongas:


    Most inspiring speech that I’ve watched! 🙂

    Special election for MA-05 will be tomorrow.

    The Boston Globe Endorses Nikki:

    Tsongas for US Congress
    THE RACE to succeed Martin T. Meehan as Fifth District congressman began as a contest between the candidates’ family histories. Democrat Niki Tsongas is the widow of Paul Tsongas, who held the seat before serving in the Senate. Republican Jim Ogonowski is the brother of a pilot killed on Sept. 11. As the campaign has developed, however, clear differences on issues have emerged. On the basis of these, Niki Tsongas is the better candidate to build on Meehan’s progressive leadership. The Globe endorses her in the special election Oct. 16.

  18. WOW! How fantastic IS That???!!!

    It just keeps getting better and better everyday. Momentum begetting more momentum. Hillary’s B-day bash sounds stupendous! Maybe invite Leno too?
    He’s getting pretty politicaly involved.

    Politicans have provided him enough material over the years. He’s a good one to have on our team early on..he’ll be a asset for the general.

    Anyway..it’s been a long day here..dentist-root canal day!

    Although, I didn’t waste any time..I asked how many were voting for Hillary..They said, if she makes the Primary!…I said, nonononono! Then I said, she loves good dentists.. their eyes lit up…and now we have 3 dentists and 12 technicians voting for Hillary in the Primary. 🙂

    Mrs. S.

  19. Hillary was on “The View” today. She was well received by the co-hosts and particularily by the audience, who gave her a thunderous round of applause several times while she was speaking. Barbara Walters asked her if its harder to “answer back” the wives of political candidates and HIllary refreshed the audience with what she is trying to do, and said “I try not to answer back anybody. I try to show what positive things we are trying to do.”

  20. Hi y’all, I was just readin’ a list of senators and congresspeople who voted for SCHIP, those who voted agains, and those who did not vote. Guess who didn’t vote? We probably talked about this at the time, but the full effect of it just sort of hit me. –mollyj The house is voting to override tomorrow. Call your congressman/woman please.

  21. Wow, Billy Crystal???!!! I love him, who doesn’t?? That’s awesome! I hope she has a good evening!

    Mrs. Smith, your doing a wonderful job as always, I love hearing these kinds of stories. It does indeed help to ‘spread the word’.
    It’s easy to forget that not everyone is so attuned into this process and as excited (or committed to anyone candidate yet) as us. Which makes it easier then one can first think to ‘help people’ make up their minds. 🙂

    I can’t wait to see Hill on the view, hopefully soon on youtube, and see how she did myself, but did she get any evil looks from ‘evilElizabeth’?

  22. The only link on youtube of her appearance there so far. Where she is discussing torture, she did well!


  23. Thanks, Gorto for the kind words..

    It’s hard to get better than Billy C. as a Master of Ceremonys. Hillary did well to get him. She’s been working so hard, I don’t know how she keeps up. She’s earned a wonderful Party night to decompress have fun and take the next day off to recuperate.

    I hope a photog is there taking plenty of candids for a memeorable 60th album.
    And of course, post the best ones here, where we can pretend…

    Mrs. S.

  24. admin:

    I don’t know where Edwards is going with this. He is stuck at 11% and with these daily dose of attacks his percentage won’t move up one bit. Now that the state SEIUs are endorsing Edwards, Hillary should not be burdened with to meet any of their wishes once she gets elected. Once Edwards looses the primary he will have plenty of time to join picket lines with SEIU for the next 8 years.

  25. Whoopi on Michelle Obama:


    Sen. Hillary Clinton made her first appearance on ABC’s “The View” today and instantly addressed the possibility of her being the United States’ first female president and how it would be perceived around the globe.

    “It may take a little adjustment but it’s time the world adjusted,” said Clinton.

    The New York senator also addressed charges that she was a polarizing figure.

    “I just want people to make an accurate decision about who I am and what I stand for and what I would do as president,” said Clinton. “And that’s happening so I’m very happy about that.” Still, Clinton acknowledged the difficulties inherent in a woman running for president.

    “I do think there’s a tougher standard for women, especially running for president,” said Clinton.

    The audience and the show’s hosts — Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd — largely gave Clinton a warm reception. Behar recalled a backstage conversation with Clinton that began, “When you’re president…” Goldberg said, “Speaking of Hillary being president — possibly — …” Goldberg also opened the show by taking to task Michelle Obama, the wife of Clinton’s top opponent for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama. Michelle recently said gave some lip-service to the idea that Clinton is a polarizing figure.

    “That is definitely one of the challenges she faces,” Obama recently said. “You can see it in the surveys.”

    “How does the wife get all up in there?” said Goldberg.

  26. Yep, the SEIU just backed their chair away from the health care negotiation table.

    How brain-dead is the Michigan SEIU? Endorsing a third-place candidate with no money whose name isn’t even on the state primary ballot?

  27. I saw a quote today from Obama that I cannot find again about being the most calculating politician in the race. Does anyone know what that quote and where it is?

    The cynicism out of the guy is just mind-boggling. It’s hard for me to believe he’s a Democrat.

  28. HWC, this is seriously crazy. What’s up with the SEIU. It’s not even a union liely to be upset with Bill Clinton over NAFTA. She has a better SEIU record than Edwards. Stern was very positive about her health plan. This is very perplexing to me.

  29. This SEIU thing has me quite upset. I thought Stern liked Hillary. He certainly liked her health plan. He was a speaker at Bill Clinton’s CGI. There didn’t seem to be any bad blood, and yet Michigan doesn’t endorse her when she is the only credible candidate on the ballot. Iowa goes Edwards. And, I’ve heard California will. New York I’ve heard will stay neutral? It just seems they are purposely trying to stick it to Hillary, despite her record.

  30. The calculation quote was bad but what about this display of narcissim “As you start getting into the final months of the campaign you really are trying to grab more in the hearts than in the head and that’s something I know how to do. But, you know, you don’t want to peak too early” (“Early Show,” CBS, 10/15).

    He really thinks “to know me is to love me”. ugh.

  31. mj, don’t be upset about the SEIU endorsement. The 2 unions that matter in Iowa are UAW and the big one is AFSCME. Remember that there are a lot of organized labor insider politics that had little to do with the candidates themselves at play here.

    AFSCME is the one to watch. They are smart and big and determined and united. AFSCME also knows that in Iowa and NH it is important to start organizing in November if you want to influence the election next year.

    There should be an AFSCME decision soon because they need to get on the ground in Iowa by next month.

  32. admin,

    I had a whole rant about his narcissism here the other day. I spent three years of my professional life investigating what a sociopathic narcissist had actually done in his life (one of those con artist types you see profiled on Dateline) and everything about Obama sets off warning bells with me. Obviously, he presents better, but he sends chills down my spine. I’m hoping he gives up and becomes a lobbyist when this all over.

  33. basement angel, there is something very “off” about him. “Con artist” is a good description of what sets a lot of alarms off.

  34. Basement, I’m not surprised by that characterization. I had some workplace experiences that put me into close proximity to a few extremelynarcissistic individuals who came across quite well at first but I swear had ice water in their veins. Calculating? You bet. Not particularly well studied or scholarly. In fact often ill-prepared but usually faked their way through public appearances. Working with and for them could be a living hell. They got other people to do their homework and weren’t particularly kind to those that helped them. I’ve made these comparisons throughout the race and they came on quite unexpectedly when he began to show a certain side of himself that we’ve now all become entirely too familiar with. the church stuff and kingdom on earth and the lying are just the most overtly scary stuff. The signs were there earlier on. –mollyj

  35. Paula,

    I didn’t mean to imply, Leno supports Hillary..:-)

    If Billy C. is going to host Hillary’s event and Rob Reiner will be there as well. This would be a good time to get Leno on board by inviting him to the Party. Leno would be a big help for the GE.

    Mrs. S.

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