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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.