Psychoanalysing the Bush Phenomenon

And this may also go part of the way to explaining why any sort of constitutional rights have become irrelevant.

Psychotics 4 Bush!
Posted by Melissa McEwan at 9:04 AM on November 28, 2006.

Study finds the more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

To be filed under duh:

[Christopher Lohse], a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

…Lohse’s study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

The study began in part as an advocacy project “designed to register mentally ill voters and encourage them” to vote, while assessing “knowledge of current issues, government and politics.” The Bush trend emerged in the course of the study, according to Lohse, who describes himself as a “Reagan revolution fanatic” who nonetheless finds Bush “beyond the pale.” During the course of the study, it emerged that “Bush supporters has significantly less knowledge about current issues, government and politics than those who supported Kerry,” and that greater levels of psychosis predicted Bush support.

“Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” Lohse says. “If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, ‘This is how it’s going to be’.”

None of this is actually new information. That liberal voters tend to be much better informed as a group and tend to reject authoritarianism is well documented, from both the chicken came first angle and the egg came first angle. But it’s nonetheless amusing to have further evidence that the people constantly calling progressives unhinged lunatics are, you know, way more likely to be nutzoid than the targets of their gleeful finger-pointing.

Via Tom Tomorrow, who dryly notes: “Anyone who’s spent any time reading right wing blogs already understood this to be true.” Indeed.

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