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  •  Krauthammer is a deeply damaged man (13+ / 0-)

    Bitter, angry, cynical.  And a horrible psychiatrist. (Yes, he actually is a board-certified psychiatrist!)

    But here's the thing with Krauthammer.  He's not stupid, and while his arguments are sophistry, he constructs them carefully. The other night I heard him talking about civil commitment and psychiatric disorders and how the answer to Newtown is making it easier to commit schizophrenics - using the Tucson shooter as an example.  Now, he's a psychiatrist, so he knows damn well that many or even most of these mass shooters are not clinically psychotic, but the point was to shift blame from access to weapons to mental illness.  He focused on the commitment process, and disagreed when someone pointed out that lack of funding and insurance restricts access to mental health services. Krauthammer was constructing an argument to protect his party.  He knew quite well that reality was different.

    So now Krauthammer is constructing another argument to protect his party.  The leadership is concerned about maintaining discipline, and Boehner demonstrated that they cannot.  The column referenced here was not for Democrats, it was for Republicans, and it is intended to bully and push them to unify.  I do think there is some truth to it - but like everything Krauthammer writes, it's all about his motives.  Like David Brooks, he is a master about talking about one aspect of some issue, while eliding everything else that is important.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:56:48 AM PST

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