Comments: The Mystery of Michelle Malkin, Explained At Last

Surely constipation plays a role, as well? I know in the Senate we all tend to become sanctimonious, mendacious and aggressive whenever we're irregular. Tell me you can look at Bill O'Reilly without wanting to send him a bushel or two of prunes.

Posted by Joe Biden at October 26, 2005 05:28 PM

Whatever. One thing's clear, though: perjury and obstruction of justice are not crimes. No, really, think about it: isn't it just making a mountain out of a molehill?

Posted by abb1 at October 26, 2005 05:39 PM

Who needs Bush on the Couch?

Posted by slim at October 26, 2005 05:48 PM

Joe,

Excellent point. By the way, I thought it was courageous of you to make your own Senatorial struggles in this area the focus of your autobiography. Truly, the hand that administers the courtesy enema rules the world.

abb1,

Agreed. I hear the terms perjury and obstruction of justice don't even appear in the so-called "legal code" that Paul Krugman is constantly whining about.

slim,

You are not allowed to put any member of the Bush family on the couch. They said it, I heard it, that settles it.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at October 26, 2005 06:11 PM

I don't know about the mid-level fantasists/liars (the 2 are not exclusive), but Kristol and many of the other neocons believe in Plato's self-conscious myth of the 'noble lie.' They're lying to us for our own good.

That and they love blowing stuff up from a safe distance.

Posted by Cal at October 26, 2005 06:12 PM

And they'd be right, too.

Michelle Malkin missed out on a great party tonight. There's nothing like the recognition of massive human tragedy to get the rock'n'roll juices flowing.

Posted by Sully at October 26, 2005 07:44 PM

A casual observer might look at all the ruling cliques and their claques around the world and reasonably conclude that wingnuttery is part of a successful strategy for gaining power and/or security. Groveling, bullying and seeking status in the pecking order, done correctly, can guarantee quality of life. In the world they've created, wingnuts are well-adjusted, happy crusaders. They're unhealthy for everyone else.

On a cheerful note, when they finally run out of enemies to vanquish they'll seek comfort in fratricide.

Posted by Joe Biden at October 27, 2005 01:13 AM

Very insightful.

It would be very interesting and fairly easy to design a psychological test to measure this effect.

Posted by Malooga at October 29, 2005 01:25 AM

Malooga,

Really? How would you go about doing that? I'd really be interested to learn more.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at October 29, 2005 05:09 PM