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  •  A while back-- (none)
    --there was a thread suggesting that Zell Miller had Alzheimer's, which really was out of bounds, for several reasons. First, there's no definitive pre-mortem diagnosis for Alzheimers, second, Miller's "symptoms" weren't that severe, and third, there are obvious, simple, and crystal-clear ways to explain Miller's political and emotional behavior over the last two years without resorting to armchair diagnosis.

    This isn't that. I'm not a neurologist, and chances are neither is anyone else on this thread, but there are a few important differences that make this a legitimate question.

    First, it doesn't really matter if a senator is crazy. Hell, Strom Thurmond got better the more senile he got, because his comparatively moderate staff was pulling all the strings (and besides, he mellowed out). But it does matter if doctors are noticing things like this in the POTUS. Oh, sure, we all remember when the wingnut medical corps remotely diagnosed Clinton with insanity brought on by a raging syphillis infection--but that was harmless, because it didn't really fit with his observed behavior. All the various neuropathies that people are suggesting here really could be at work--and there's good prima facie evidence that SOMETHING is at work.

    Second, the last time we soft-pedaled an incumbent president's deteriorating mental status, we got Reagan's second term. I don't think it made any of us feel better to say "Aha! I knew it!" when he announced his illness, just five years after he left office, and goodness knows how long after diagnosis. We're talking about this because we have doubts--well, you know, doubts are a reason not to vote for someone.

    And third, and in all seriousness (because I really do respect people who are still willing to be high-minded at this late hour), if we're wronging him, if this really is completely unfair--boo freakin' hoo. If this is all the further we sink into the mud in the service of booting him out of office, we won't even have to change our shoes.

    •  I agree completely... (none)
      ...with your boo-hoo point, but I still don't think this video is the best way to make the case.

      "An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry." -T.S. Eliot

      by segmentis on Mon Oct 11, 2004 at 07:17:55 AM PDT

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