Bush Derangement Syndrome

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In 2003, Charles Krauthammer defined the term Bush Derangement Syndrome: "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush.[1]

Examples include liberals who began demanding that Bush be impeached almost as soon as he took office, and Congressional Democratic leaders investigating anyone they could get their hands on as soon as they gained a majority in congress.

Paul Begala, former President Bill Clinton's advisor, said "George W. Bush across America, he would poll behind several different forms of venereal disease in most of this country. I mean, they hate Bush!" [2]

Members at the liberal website Think Progress said they hoped Bush would vanish.[3]

Mainstream media examples

Examples of the mainstream media's obsession with Bush derangement syndrome abound, with an August 2007 Chicago Sun-Times article entitled, Birth-control costs soaring at colleges; Pregnancies could rise now that law limits drugmaker incentives, among the most illustrative:

20-year-old pre-med student Elizabeth Harris had only Costa Rica on her mind. She was hoping to wine and dine there while taking a few biology courses.

But the Waukegan native and University of Illinois at Chicago junior had to skip her trip.

Having gone off birth control, Harris found she was pregnant. She said she quit when the cost of her prescription at the UIC clinic more than doubled.

"[The price] steered me away," said Harris. "I don't blame them [UIC], but I might not be in the situation I am in now."[4]

The article goes on to state Harris couldn't afford $20-a-month more at the university clinic, because its federal funding was cut, because President George Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act. Commentator Dennis Byrne observed, "So, it has come to this... Bush lied to us, got us into an unnecessary war, and now he got a 20-year-old pregnant and denied her the entitlement of drinking mai tais on a tropical beach." [5]

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