On Monday, Paul Krugman described a mental disorder known as Gore Derangement Syndrome. Krugman described the pathology partly as follows:
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.
But that's not the entire explanation:
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.
And in today's Strib, Cakeville's answer to Old Faithful proves Krugman to be right:
Congratulations to Al Gore for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his fallacious discourses on man-made global warming.
He now joins other "peaceful luminaries," like Yasser Arafat, who did such a good job terrorizing the Middle East, and Jimmy Carter, arguably the worst president of the 20th century.
Perhaps this award needs a new name. How about changing it to the "Nobel Failed Peace Prize"?
BOB MAGINNIS, EDINA
George W. Bush: missed it by that much! (The 20th century, that is.)