Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bordering on thinking too much

Once gain I’ve been informed that I think too much, which could explain why I’m always bouncing off plate glass patio doors and getting my hair stuck in automobile parts. This time it’s in response to a query I had about this Quin Hillyer column in The American Spectator, as cited by Dr. Dave.
Let's cut through all of Barack Obama's baloney. His speech on the economy at Georgetown University on Tuesday was a testament to the massive ego of a callow leader with grandiose pretensions bordering on megalomania.
I'm stunned. This is The American Spectator after all, the high-quality journalistic institution that couldn’t stop itself from accusing the Clintons of committing various rapes and murders as well as running a very profitable cocaine distribution center out of a small Mena, Arkansas, airport. And here’s Hillyer pulling his megalomania punch. What gives?

So I asked Dr. Dave:
Why only bordering? I wonder why Hillyer shied away from citing full-blown megalomania. I wonder what clinical criteria were met that kept Obama (so far) on one side of megalomania and not on the other. I find this all very intriguing.
Just think about it. Hillyer had three options: (1) Not mention megalomania at all. (2) Assert that Obama suffers from borderline megalomania. (3) Assert that Obama suffers from full-blown megalomania. Let’s assume Hillyer’s familiarity with and inerrant application of the current diagnostic criteria for megalomania. At some point, Hillyer determined that Obama’s actions did not quite reach the level of a confirmed diagnosis -- unfortunately, he doesn‘t tell us why.

I’d really like to know: Why do the President’s grandiose pretensions and delusions of power fail to satisfy DSM-IV-R criteria for megalomania?*

Dr. Dave’s response: “Sometimes I think you think way TOO much, Grace.”

Or maybe I think way TOO much for the crap published in The American Spectator.

*Of course I’ve sent an email to non-Dr. Hillyer for an explanation.


DPirate said...

Sorry, maybe you dont care for criticism, but this post is as much pandering as Hilyer's writing.

Gracie said...

God no -- I HATE criticism (well, criticism of me, anyway). I live in fear of criticism. That fear is at the very core of my very avoidant personality. But I will survive. And always feel free to be critical here.

That being said, I still can't understand why Hillyer specified "bordering"......