Kucinich Raises Important Question About Bush's Mental Health

One of the most percipient books written during the 2004 presidential cycle was "Bush on the Couch" by eminent Georgetown University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank. Dr. Frank issued a stern warning that, given numerous danger signs evident from Bush's behavior during his first term in office, a second term would constitute a ticking time bomb. Full Story »

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Sheldon Rampton
by Sheldon Rampton - Oct. 1, 2008

Kucinich's question and Justin Frank's book, "Bush on the Couch," both offer commentary that is reasonable to a degree (although both are controversial and colored by partisan political opinion), but this commentary in "The Smirking Chimp" does not add any new information or insight into either Bush's mental state or his likely future actions as president. It merely recycles a litany of Bush's wrongful actions in office and vaguely attributes them to some unspecified mental illness. I'm very far from being a Bush supporter myself, but I don't find this sort of analysis to be very illuminating.

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Dan Kennedy
by Dan Kennedy - Oct. 1, 2008

Other than accurately quoting Dennis Kucinich, there is virtually no journalistic value to this story. It's amusing that the writer couldn't make it all the way to the end without running afoul of Godwin's Law: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

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Lynn Caporale
by Lynn Caporale - Oct. 1, 2008

The value of this column is that this tells us about Congressman Kucinich's reasonable question while in Philadelphia, about Bush's mental health. This is in contrast to other media that seem obsessed, as Tim Russert was [at the debate and repeated the next AM on the Today Show], with UFOs. In addition this column provides useful information on the tone of the comment, by quoting Kucinich's words, which appear gentle rather than shrill. The rest of the column is mostly opinions, and contains nothing dramatically new.

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Melva Hackney
by Melva Hackney - Oct. 1, 2008

This lays the case of Bush's mental condition out so that even the neocons, who believe that winning is all that counts, will see the danger this country- and the entire world- is in. But expect them to poo poo it, as usual. Bush has clearly shown mental problems all his life. Some political parties like a not-too-sharp candidate, so long as they believe he can be controlled. The GOP is learning that this one cannot be controlled, and is a danger to their own careers.

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Gary Holcomb
by Gary Holcomb - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an examination of facts, an appraisal of what they denote and commentary about their value in diagnosing what may very well be the distressed state of mind of the driver of this racing car we call America. I am pleased to find such a well constructed & concise article about our illustrious panderer to the fascist (corporate) and/or religious right. I can’t find anything wrong with the logic, argument or presentation of this appraisal of Bush’s insouciant behavior, frustrating demeanor and his apparent absence of a healthy mind which is supposed to be doing the best he can for the present and the future of America.

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David Pappas
by David Pappas - Oct. 1, 2008

Politics aside, this article makes assertions in nearly every paragraph without attribution. If you believe in the authors position you will likely love the article. Otherwise, you're left picking at individual assertions. The author would have been better served by referencing the sources for the various assertions. Drawing analogies between any standing president with Hitler and Stalin is hard to defend and clearly makes it impossible to evaluate this article as balanced.

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Roland F. Hirsch
by Roland F. Hirsch - Oct. 1, 2008

This opinion piece puts together a bunch of weird opinions that nobody who is aware of history would take seriously. None of the views attributed to President Bush are out of the mainstream. One has to doubt the sanity of an author who compares him to Hitler and Stalin. Certainly the author knows nothing about them or history in general. Does he really think Bush is worse than Pierce, for example? This is very bad journalism and anyone who rates it highly is causing serious harm to the reputation of NewsTrust for objective evaluations.

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Dave Edwards
by Dave Edwards - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an illogical, badly-written toss. Don't waste your time with it -- there is better information on the same matter elsewhere.

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Francis Scalzi
by Francis Scalzi - Oct. 1, 2008

From what I have read of his spoiled, dysfunctional youth, and the alcohol and drug addictions of George W. Bush until well into his adulthood (age 40 or so, as Kucinich points out), and his more recent "salvation" at the hands of the totally deluded preacher son of our country's "most respected evangelist", there is little question in my mind that George W. has been transformed (by his own admission) from a foolish, abject drunk by that self righteous Xtian - - into a mindless, authoritarian automaton who is seriously lacking in the intelligence and acumen required of a president of the USA. In short, as the Kucinich article asserts, and a growing number of medical authorities will quietly admit (for although Dennis Kuciinich ... More »

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Joe Silverman
by Joe Silverman - Oct. 1, 2008

this is simply trash, not news. anyone who accuses political opponents of mental instability needs to look in the mirror. if in power, people with these attitudes usually foreshadow reeducation camps and, often, much worse.

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Richard Woodka
by Richard Woodka - Oct. 1, 2008

It is a frightening reminder of what a mess that the fools on our Supreme Court have gotten us into. I don't understand, however, why I am not able to check any of the boxes.

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Jay Janson
by Jay Janson - Oct. 1, 2008

Excellent journalism! The medical term 'insanity' would be critically useful if precisely employed to correctly describe what the media later will camouflage as 'mistaken policies', as if compulsive lying to bring about mass murder for profit were not obvious acts of destabilized minds. The term might be applied (albeit more lightly), to the general population acquiescent to the lying and mass murder, and on to include the apparently clever hands off type of collaboration by leaders of governments, which would extend even to the Chinese forgoing the use of their UN Security Council veto to block the insane actions of its competitor. jay janson

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