As ThinkProgress has highlighted, the right wing lost no time in harshly attacking Al Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Bill Kristol, for example, called the award a “prize given by bloviators to a bloviator for nothing.” The New York Times’s Paul Krugman explains the right’s hatred:
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. [...]
Which brings us to the biggest reason the right hates Mr. Gore: in his case the smear campaign has failed. He’s taken everything they could throw at him, and emerged more respected, and more credible, than ever. And it drives them crazy.