William Rivers Pitt has identified a new psychological problem, "Sotomayor Derangement Syndrome (SDS). People suffering from SDS exhibit "[r]anting incoherence, brazen racism and suicidal ideation" and include Newt Gingrich and G. Gordon Liddy, as well as "Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the other leading lights of right-wing demagoguery." According to Pitt
Limbaugh went so far as to compare Sotomayor to disgraced racist Republican David Duke - a strange comparison, as this would normally be a reason for Limbaugh to support Sotomayor - and all of a sudden, many so-called "responsible" members of the GOP suddenly found themselves rushing to contain the damage.
This disease didn't begin with Sonia Sotomayor. Its contemporary beginnings can be traced to Abraham Lincoln Derangement Syndrome (the most famous sufferer being John Wilkes Booth), and mutated into the International Jewish Conspiracy Derangement Syndrome (aka "the Hitler Disease"), the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Derangement Syndrome, the Communism Derangement Syndrome (formerly known as the Joseph Stalin Derangement Syndrome), the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Derangement Syndrome, the William Jefferson Clinton Derangement Syndrome, and -- most recently -- the Barack Hussein Obama Derangement Syndrome*.
Although the object of the derangement varies, symptoms are identical. They include: complete absence of a disease trigger; acute and chronic paranoia; delusions of persecution and delusions of grandeur; unreasonable belief in Grand and Vast and Worldwide Conspiracies; and -- in extreme cases -- the uncontrollable desire to murder the person who triggers the derangement (see see assassinations, history of). In fact, it should be called The (fill in the blank) Derangement Syndrome, with the parenthesis filled in by the latest delusion.
And if The (fill in the blank) Derangement Syndrome appears in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Armageddon Buffet wants credit!
* In his essay Pitt claims that an outbreak of George Walker Bush Derangement Syndrome (GWBDS) occurred in 2001-2008. Unlike the other instances, GWBDS had a known trigger: December 12, 2000's <em>Bush v. Gore</em>, when the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to induce GWBDS into the liberal population. Although the liberals displayed some of the same symptoms, they were mild in comparison to the virulence of the disease when it infects conservatives. Unlike the other Syndromes, no known deaths resulted from GWBDS. In fact, GWBDS may have inoculated the infected from future outbreaks of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.