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On ‘Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome’

Dorothy Rabinowitz has written a broadside against those Americans so benighted that they refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton in the election. She has somehow divined that we are not moved by anything as weighty as deep disagreement with her about important issues. We are instead putting our “exquisite sensibilities” over the needs of the country. We are suffering from “Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome,” as the headline reasonably summarizes her argument.

This is of course the mirror image of the case made by some Trump supporters, who indiscriminately accuse those of us who are not planning to vote for him of “moral preening.” In both cases, the assumption is that we are facing an election of earth-shattering importance in which every vote has great moral weight. But it’s not so important that we should expend any effort to figure out why our fellow citizens disagree with us and then engage with them so as to sway their votes. What this historical moment really demands of us is that we insult everyone who does not take our view of the election and implicitly congratulate ourselves for having the right sensibilities. Mission accomplished.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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