Maybe it’s just me, but I sick and tired of the partisanship gone crazy that has infested this country and shows itself at it’s lowest levels on any given day of late in the blogosphere and in the opinion pages of what some call our news media as Paul Krugman points out in his Monday N.Y. Times column: Gore Derangement Syndrome. The truth is, as Krugman says, is what “drives right-wingers insane” about Al Gore, drives them insane about just about every other issue of the day.
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.
The worst thing about Mr. Gore, from the conservative point of view, is that he keeps being right.
Remove Al Gore from the equation and we have SCHIP derangement syndrome, anti-torture derangement syndrome, PTSD suffering veteran’s derangement syndrome, look the WaPo says we’re really winning in Iraq derangement syndrome… and the list goes on and on and on.
And this brings me back to Krugman’s column and his conclusion on Gore Derangement Syndrome:
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.
Take a good long look at Krugman’s logic and apply it elsewhere. The wingnuts continue with their smear campaigns because they are not working and they are so deranged that they can’t see that no matter what they throw out into the media and the blogosphere, they are making complete asses out of themselves with the American public and the voters.
Democrats have the lead in fundraising for the ’08 elections. Republicans members of Congress are opting not to run for re-election. The Bush administration has been a complete and utter failure. Those suffering from the dreaded derangement syndrome have been beating their heads agains the wall for so long now, they have lost all sense. The patrisanship gone crazy, aka wingnut derangement syndrome will still continue… There is no cure — short of ignoring the blather and bluster.