Gore Inspires ‘Deranged’ Righty Hatred

Krugman speculates about why he drives conservatives so batty
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2007 6:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Conservatives are incensed over Al Gore’s Nobel prize, and the Times' Paul Krugman says he knows why: The former veep “keeps being right.” The reactions range from the Journal's refusal to mention his name while rattling off more worthwhile contenders to a National Review suggestion that climate-sensitive Osama should have shared the honor.

Gore was out ahead on the environment and Iraq’s dangers, and his detractors can’t stand the 2000 popular-vote winner’s shadow policy. But what's more, Krugman writes, taking climate change seriously as a political matter is threatening to conservatives—the resulting need for new taxes and global cooperation would not be popular in GOP circles.