“Derangement Syndrome” Syndrome
I sometimes wonder, when reading blogs and comments therein, how many people realize that “Bush Derangement Syndrome” and it’s apparent mutation “Palin Derangement Syndrome” are not, in fact, actual mental health disorders. The term was coined by Charles Krauthammer as a joke, for crying out loud. And yet, as James noted in his post below, there are people who actually question the mental health of people who dare to criticize the current governor of Alaska.
This is fascinating to me on a number of levels. Not the least of which is that it’s pretty apparent that the tossing about of the “[insert name here] Derangement Syndrome” card is primarily a sad attempt to ignore argument or, at the very least, evidence of a refusal to comprehend that somebody else might see the world (horrors!) differently.
For my own part, the most fascinating aspect of this “Derangement Syndrome” is that it is most prominently used in the defense of two politicians (Bush and Palin) who have really lousy records of their time in office. Especially from a conservative perspective. For Bush’s part, well, res ipsa loquitor–at this point we all know his record.
As for Palin, this is a woman who, as both Mayor and Governor, raised taxes, spent prolifigately, eagerly sought out federal pork, and was more than happy to heap subsidies on big businesses. All of which, as far as I can tell, make her just another mediocre Alaskan politician.
I just don’t see why conservatives are so wild about her, given that her record is far from conservative. Or even that impressive.
Just call me crazy, I guess.