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JonIrenicus
08-19-2011, 02:07 AM
So I was catching up on my weekly dose of John Batchelor, when I came across a repeat interview that occurred not too long ago



http://wabcradio.com/getpodcast.aspx?sid=33447&lid=5145&id=2262404&source=1&url=http://podloc.andomedia.com/dloadTrack.mp3?prm=10803xhttp://podfuse-dl.andomedia.com/800185/podfuse-origin.andomedia.com/citadel_origin/pods/WABC/WABC-Batchelor/jbs_081511c.mp3


(WARNING TO LIBERALS - John Bolton appears later in the audio, stop playing the clip to avoid head explosion)


The interview was with Nassir Ghaemi, author of First Rate Madness, and it goes through past leaders both foreign and domestic and describes their psychological health, and how it helped or hindered their time in office.


According to this guy, the homoclite is essentially psychologically healthy and normal, with no real sorts of mental illness. Such people tend to do well in good times, but in times of crises, they falter.

A great homoclite example he mentions is civil war general George B. McClellan who was later dismissed by Lincoln for the following rationale... "He wouldn't fight"



Other homoclite examples mentioned by the guest?

Chamberlain, Nixon, George W Bush, Tony Blaire, and one Barack Obama (question mark on this last)

It is interesting that the main knock on George B. McClellan has been echoed by liberals regarding Obamas recent altercations with republicans, "He wouldn't fight"

miceelf
08-19-2011, 01:10 PM
I am always skeptical of this kind of thing, as I suspect that mental illness or lack thereof is incidental, rather than central, to the success of historical figures.

That said, I REALLY hope that the GOP runs with this as a meme. "Obama- he's just too normal" strikes me as a great campaign slogan.

stephanie
08-19-2011, 01:11 PM
That said, I REALLY hope that the GOP runs with this as a meme. "Obama- he's just too normal" strikes me as a great campaign slogan.

Don't be silly. They'll go with "Don't vote Obama -- he's a homoclite!"

miceelf
08-19-2011, 01:23 PM
Don't be silly. They'll go with "Don't vote Obama -- he's a homoclite!"

Well, I WAS saying what I wanted them to run on. ;-)