Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Mental mayhem: McCain refers to Americans as "my fellow prisoners"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

This is just bizarre -- and perhaps a glimpse into the messed up mind of McCain. At a rally in Pennsylvania today, McCain referred to his fellow Americans as "my fellow prisoners." Jed Lewison has the clip (note that Palin, who may or may not be paying attention, so enraptured is she by her own smug arrogance, isn't phased at all by it):



There really isn't much to say. McCain may seriously be losing it, as Josh Marshall suggests.

Melissa McEwan: "In all seriousness, I've genuinely never had doubts about his mental acuity until now. But that's Reaganesque in a way he doesn't intend -- the kind of mistake that's not easily attributable to exhaustion or the usual word aphasia that comes quite naturally with aging, where one might be tempted to stick in a sorta-not-quite-right word at a public event just because the right one is out of reach. It's…alarming."

Indeed it is.

Matt Stoller: "And today we find out that McCain is taking a supplement that is also used for Alzheimer's and dementia while saying 'my fellow prisoners' instead of 'my fellow Americans'. And then there's the question of anger and mental stability."

Kyle Moore: "Everyone makes mistakes, but that specific mistake is simply too pregnant with coincidence for the average person to ignore. Given that McCain’s reputation for temperament is already at risk, this isn't going to help him any."

Is it not time to talk seriously about McCain's health, both mental and physical?

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