In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Obama and McCain and the show biz of talking tough on terrorism

Much is being made of the only electability strength John McCain seems to hold over Obama, that is, the belief he is stronger on homeland security. I have little doubt Obama has his response planned if there is a natural or man-made catastrophe prior to the election1. I can only hope that if such an event occurs it won’t propel McCain into the White House.

Americans are suckers for imagery. Tough talking usually trumps reason.

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With McCain voters should consider odds of Alzheimer’s as they should with any candidate

The fact of the matter is that as we age, the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease increase. There are relatively simple, if time consuming, psychological tests to increase the accuracy of predicting one’s odds. I was given a half hour version of the test on the phone before I could get long term health care insurance. Is such a test part of McCain’s public medical record?

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For Hillary Clinton the ultimate psychological challenge: fast tracking the five stages of grief

The Democratic Party doesn’t have the luxury of affording Hillary Clinton the time she needs to fully resolve the loss of her dream to be president because this was a primary, not a general election where she would have months or years to lick her wounds. The party needs her now at her best to assure a victory for McCain whether she runs for vice president or uses all the power of persuasion she can bring to bear to keep her 18 million supporters from defecting to McCain.

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Hearts of darkness: The horror, the horror, as some Clinton supporters vow to support McCain

When the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel voted some supporters of Hillary Clinton stood and began to shout “Don’t steal my vote!” and “Let’s go, McCain!”. In "Apocalypse Now" (based" on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness), Kurtz (play by Marlon Brando) utters some of the most famous dying words in fiction: "the horror, the horror." I don’t use the word horror lightly, but the horror of Kurtz’s jungle and the horror of years more of needless death in Iraq under McCain should make reasonable people shudder.

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Annals of forensic psychology: The “this is not the Scott McClellan we knew” line of defense.”

Defenders of George W. Bush have settled upon the most outlandish "best defense is a good offense" approach in response to former press secretary Scott McClellan’s damning insider look at the propaganda machine he was a part of. Their responses , as a defense of the adminstration, are an exercise in distraction. However, it may not change the fact that exploiting the gullibility of a large portion of the American public always worked for them before.

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Hillary Clinton: It’s about Malia Ann and Sasha Obama. Barack is too classy to tell you.

I wonder if Hillary Clinton could even name the Obama children. Barack is too classy to suggest she needs to apologize because Malia Ann (age 10) and Natasha ("Sasha" age 7) might find out that she brought up the chance that "Daddy might get killed".

The Daily News featured her OpEd ("Why I continue to run"), which provided her a second chance to apologize to Barack Obama and his family. She didn’t. According to Terry McAuliffe and Howard Wolfson, she has no reason to do so:

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Scratching the itch: Why Doug Thompson will (hopefully) be back

Maybe it won’t be called "The Rant" anymore. Online the word rant is now overused, and in fact most of Doug’s columns, despite some colorful verbiage, are far too well reasoned out to be called mere rants. I expect that unless Doug plans to ignore national politics, no amount of Benedryl or cortisone will stop the itch to share his opinions with his coast to coast audience and read the comments from regular readers.

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