We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Michael Savage had a couple of segments on "The Pschology of Obama" last night. Fascinating. Had a psychologist and psychiatrist call in with quite extensive, objective discussions ensuing. I recall the famous 1972 Psychology Today cover which went something like : "99 Psychiatrists Say Why Nixon Is Unfit To Be President". Time to put Obama on the couch, isn't it?
This is what is fascinating about Obama, i.e., perhaps the most unlikely background of any President, if not of all time, certainly in our lifetimes. How does his behavior as President reflect his disjointed early family life and adolescent years? Many clues can be found in his autobiography. The CIA and KGB profile the personalities of foreign leaders who may be a threat to their countries. So, why not Obama? This man is POTUS!
Does Dr Joy Bliss have any comments? Any other psychologists, psychiatrists on Maggie's Farm interested in this discussion? And in delving into Obama's psyche, we will learn something about America's psyche. One theory I have is that Obama secured the votes of most who have grudges, grievances, abnormal childhoods, etc, a reflection of the Obama Childhood and Growing Up Experience. That is a lot of votes, apparently.
Although it has not been said to my knowledge, I believe that Obama's psyche resembles Nixon's in many ways, and has similarities with Clinton's, as pointed out on the Savage show last night. I am surprised that this discussion hasn't taken place long before now. It probably has taken place somewhere in blogland but I missed it.
For now, Palin is the only important politician who lives in house, not a mansion. A reporter can afford to rent the place next door. Her house can be seen from the place next door. None of those things are true for Gore, Clinton, Edwards, McCain, etc.
Looked at the Slate article. There's a key error of fact in the article, a remnant of Bush Derangement Syndrome no doubt: Valerie Plame's name didn't come from a White House official or a supporter of Bush policy. It came from Richard Armitage, State Department employee and opponent of the invasion of Iraq. Who then hunkered down and left Scooter Libby to take a fall that Fitzpatrick should never have rigged. Not that I am bitter.
The author's entire slant is that a job offer to Sestak would have been slimy-but-normal, but that the Plame-Wilson case was a White House crime. The first half is probably too true; the second is factually wrong.