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Krugman:  Right Wing Afflicted By ‘Gore Derangement Syndrome’

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Posted on Oct 15, 2007
Al Gore

Why is Al Gore the target of such vitriolic attacks from the right side of the political aisle?  Paul Krugman has a few ideas as he puzzles over the epidemic he calls “Gore Derangement Syndrome,” which has become more pronounced since Gore’s Nobel Prize win last week.

The New York Times:

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.

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.

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By rage, October 16, 2007 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment
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Gore WON in 2000. My problem with him stems from his failure to fight for the Oval Office. Gore went through hell’s fire in gasoline drawers to run past Big Dog’s Presidential sexcapades and Shillary Clintoon’s greedily tapping down DNC election coffers to make her way to the Senate in a IL2AK2NY carpetbag, and legitimately BEAT Dumya Shrub in 2000. After all that, Big Al let it go at the behest of Faux Noise, a four-eyed walrus who escaped his last anger management session, and finally the clown populated Supreme Court. Al Gore inadvertantly set a vexing precedent that now licenses vindictive bullying attacks of moderate left or centrist liberals by a spurious horde of willfully ignorant, recalcitrant Repug rogues, defended by their raised Crosses, sheilded by their obscene twisting of misinterpreted passages from the Bible, and pompously draped in the Flag of the United States of America. Consequently, a whipped weak strain of politically neutered, craven Dimwitocrats are either easily punked like Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Biden, and Edwards, or bought and bossed by corporate personhood esteemed more highly than their voters, like the Clintons, Schumer, Feinstein, and Kerry. No doubt, We the disgusted People of this utterly SCREWED Nation do desperately need Presidential Candidates with unwavering Constitutional conviction and guts enough to stand up to execute beneficial policies and SCREAM truth unrepentently. I’m just not sure our Nobel Laureate is iron-balled enough to victoriously lead the Nation, and not give a damn when the affluent pissy snotty neo-Whigs groan, whine, and pitch a tantrum, once they are prevented from continuing their greedy oppression of the Nation.

Right now, we need just one candidate who is resolutely confident enough to tell the corrupt globally tenticled oligarchy infested with the wretched minions of the BFEE, the RNC, these religio-fascist nuts, and the criminal military industrial corporate complex to step the hell off! Alas, Big Al is a great guy, and a real winner, but he’s not a warrior. Big Al diplomatically weilded a pencil for the Army in Viet Nam. Kucinich, though, God bless him, is a warhorse pawing in the valley, anxious to do the Lord’s work. Kucinich is a scrapper TO THE DEATH, DAMN IT! Kucinich lived a few years in the family car as a child. So, the guy’s no stranger to tough times or impossible odds. Dennis has a long impressive political history of taxing Repug hiney wherever he angrily enounters it. All Dick Vader had to do was keep up his Halliburton cronyism for Dennis to author HR Bill 333 and NEVER think about backing off his DEMANDS for IMPEACHMENT of Richard Bruce Cheney. Big Al, on the other hand, spent his Vice Presidency trying not to make anyone uncomfortable and evading all confrontation. The good news is that Big Al has proven to be far more productive in private life than he permitted himself to be as an elected public servant. I’m beside myself for his winning the Nobel Peace prize, drawing attention to the issues of global ecology and the slow death of our planet. But, I’m glad Al Gore shows very little interest in being a Presidential candidate. When Kucinich wins, maybe he can interest Gore in taking the Todd-Whitman job in the overhauled, new, improved, Cabinet-level, toothier USEPA.

Kucinich in 2008!

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By Sharon Ash, October 16, 2007 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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Al Gore’s information on global warming and the danger it poses to the future of civilization is so compelling that it makes those who want to retain a closed minded approach, and pretend the danger does not exist, or believe it is all a part of God’s plan so we should just let the plan unfold, feel very threatened by the facts Gore presents.  The resistance to opening a closed mind is very strong,  as it is fear based, being afraid of anything which challenges the belief system it holds.  Those who want to work toward solutions for global warming can better spend their time doing just that rather than attempting to figure out why the right wing thinks as it does.  People of reason need to be busy solving problems and moving civilization toward a better place, and if the conservatives decide to come along on the trip, fine, but we cannot wait for them to declare it to be the correct path or exert efforts trying to change their minds.

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By RdV, October 16, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

The difference between a potential Gore bid and the rest of the pack?

  I could vote for him as something more than the lesser of 2 evils, and even that mode of voting is becoming increasingly difficult to justify.

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By mary, October 16, 2007 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

It really is jaw dropping unreal to think GWB was able to steal the election, reduce the process to a purely criminal act and get away with making Al Gore the bad guy!  What the hell were we thinking!  The 30% who still follow this jerk will never see the truth.  Best to roll over them and move on.  Al Gore should have been the President on 9/11.  I can’t help but think 9/11 might have been prevented.  If Gore decides to run I will gladly vote for him again.  Sen’s Clinton, Obama and Edwards would also be good choices.  I’m not too worried.  WHat I would like to see is Gore out there more and the news media actually reporting news and not right wing crap.  What is the hold the right has on journalists anyway.  I just don’t get it…......

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By rowdy, October 15, 2007 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment

AAFSHAR. THANKS FOR GIVING ME ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE. i feel like buddha, i actually feel as if i enlightened someone. even though i have used this quote in countless posting’s, i assumed all progressive people were aware of it. i will readily admit that i only learned of it 6 or 7 months ago, yet bush ostensibly said it 2 years ago. i just assumed that i was behind everyone else in my knowledge and felt like i was really dumb. then i realized, two years ago there were fewer progressive web sites available and then i didn’t feel so dumb. i feel that posting comments is merely amusing diversion for a man with nothing but time on his hands and i try to be as provocative as possible, hoping to elicit a response equally as absurd as the things i say. i don’t use this quote to be provocative, i just want to see it out there. since it comes from potentially dubious sources, it may not be real,but ya gotta admit,it sure sounds real. finally, it just wouldn’t be me if i didn’t post my favorite solution to all the world’s ills. THERMONUCLEAR HOLOCAUST! it would be glorious.

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By aafshar, October 15, 2007 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment

wow, i never knew he said that, you are right i googled it and its there. wow i am just shocked, don’t know what to say.  never thought president of united states would say something like that. amazing but very very sad.

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By rowdy, October 15, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

on second thought bush may have actually said one sentence that probably wasn’t written by someone else. “the constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper”.google this one for yourself.

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By rowdy, October 15, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

carter, gore, clinton; the right wing hates them mostly because they won’t shut up. after leaving office, very few republican presidents did anything except keep on living. ray-gun contributed nothing to the betterment of the world, as president or afterwards. nixon was a crook and no one wanted to hear him after his forced resignation. jerry ford was at his best when he gave chevy chase material for a joke. at least “ike” warned us about the military-industrial complex and no one paid any attention. look where we are now. bush the first was a hack as president and simply has no brains, so we never expected him to do anything useful after clinton retired him. this bush read 3 shakespeares and a camus over summer vacation, the cliff’s notes version, which laura read to him. it’s unlikely he can speak a complete sentence if it isn’t written for him by others.

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By d.alon, October 15, 2007 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Hundreds or thousands of years ago, conservatives had understandable religious reasons for rejecting science. Today’s “conservative” Global Warming deniers (at least those in any position of power) do so purely on economic grounds.  It is completely consistent with their fascist, corporatist, privatization agenda.  The Bush Administration has already been caught falsifying scientific reports for partisan political purposes.  When it comes to natural science, I think I’d rather take my knowledge from actual scientists rather than partisan hacks like Sean Hannity. As Glen Beck always says when trying to discount Global Warming, “I not a scientist, but I AM a thinker”.  Could’ve fooled me!

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By aafshar, October 15, 2007 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

#107258 by thomas billis
Not to worry Thomas, it looks like Al Gore is going to run for the office, just look at the three videos he put out yesterday, none of which are related to global warming, but to current issues. very interesting strategy on his part.

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By thomas billis, October 15, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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America bought the bullshit.We could have gone for brains in 2000 but we went for the guy who scratches his ass with a fork.Do not blame the right wing fascists brains on the other side frightens the shit out of them.I know what everyone is going to say I did not vote for Bush.The question is did sanity do enough.Have we learned how easy it is with a two party system if we let down our guard and do not fight for what we believe in that a George Bush is always in the wings.The most amazing thing is that there are 30% of Americans who think he is doing a great job.If this were Bill Clinton would they feel the same.Of course not.It is so deptressing that 30% of America would put party over country.I hope the left which I am a proud member of would never stoop so low.

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