Some pretty neat people have won the Nobel Peace Prize: Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyui, Andrei Sacharov, Martin Luther King, Albert Schweitzer, and way back in 1906, Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. It is a great honour; In any country in the world, citizens would be cheering in the streets to have one of theirs win such a prize.
Except, of course the United States of America, so polarized and divided that its right wing media immediately go on the attack, demeaning the award, the other winners, themselves and their own country. So far the only person on the right to demonstrate any grace is George W. Bush, who was very presidential in his congratulations. What makes them so vicious? Paul Krugman in the New York Times calls it Gore Derangement Syndrome.
"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." ::New York Times