Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Bush Derangement Syndrome" Redux

"The more things change, the more they remain the same."
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

For some reason, recently I've been thinking about "Bush Derangement Syndrome" more than I ever did while George W. Bush was President. According to Wikipedia, Bush Derangement Syndrome is

"a pejorative political neologism coined by the American conservative political columnist, and psychiatrist, Charles Krauthammer in a 2003 column. ... Krauthammer defined Bush Derangement Syndrome as 'the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.' While Krauthammer's column was somewhat tongue-in-cheek ... the term indicates a belief that some extreme criticisms of President Bush are of emotional origins rather than based on facts or logic."
Charles Krauthammer's 2003 observation was just a single example of a more general phenomenon.

Kennedy, Bush, Obama

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