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You might have noticed it when you first heard of Bush Derangement Syndrome. You might have noticed it when you heard Howard Dean's scream heard 'round the world. Maybe you read Michelle Malkin's book Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild. Maybe you figured it out when you heard lefties calling Cindy Sheehan the "Mother Theresa" of the anti-war movement.

However or whenever it was, most of us have long known that the left has become completely, moonbat crazy.

Unsurprisingly, there is now evidence to confirm just that:

Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

The basic data -- based on an aggregated sample of more than 4,000 interviews conducted since 2004 -- are straightforward.

Is there anyone shocked by this? I don't think lefties themselves will even be surprised by this. While we have looked at them this entire time knowing that there is something very, very wrong with the left, and that they need mental help, they tend to blame it on other things. They'll say it's all because of the state of the country today, things like CHIMPY McHITLERBURTON!! BLACKWATER!! GLOBAL WARMING!! IRAQ QUAGMIRE QUAGMIRE QUAGMIRE!! ABU GHRAIB!! MILITARY RAPISTS MURDERERS BABY KILLERS!! GUNS BAD!! NO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE!! YEAAARGGGHHHH!!!!

And these are the people we should put in charge of our country? Yeah, right.

Hat Tip: Liberty Pundit


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Comments (34)

This PROVES Democrats lie.<... (Below threshold)

This PROVES Democrats lie.

There's NO WAY that ALL 100% of the democrats can fit into that 15%....

This is hilarious! I think... (Below threshold)

This is hilarious! I think I know why liberals are so willing to self-diagnose their own mental illness. This is because the liberals know that the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. The second step is, of course, to raise taxes to fund a government program to fix the problem.

Cassy, your all-caps hippie rant was hysterical and right on the money.

Crazy people always thin... (Below threshold)

Crazy people always think they're sane.

Cassy,Nice job wit... (Below threshold)
ryan a:


Nice job with the National Enquirer level of political analysis. I hope nobody's paying you to do this.

Maybe you figured it out... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Maybe you figured it out when you heard lefties calling Cindy Sheehan the "Mother Theresa" of the anti-war movement.

Or AlGore called "our modern day Noah."

ryan a:How does th... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

ryan a:

How does that make you feel?

jeff:How does t... (Below threshold)
ryan a:


How does that make you feel?

What? Being critical of a polemic post that bases its argument upon half-assed Gallup poll psychoanalysis that happens to confirm the author's political views?

It makes me feel fine. How does it make you feel?

They needed a poll to find ... (Below threshold)

They needed a poll to find out that the majority of democrats are insane? Watch any 30 minute news 'show', on any MSM outlet for jury proof evidence. The whacko doctors are going to become billionaire's when President Bush moves back to Texas and they have no one to blame for their own failures. It's going to be as much fun as watching the democrat circus in congress for 11 months. At least they haven't harmed too many since they have did nothing but the same thing over and over hoping for a different result. A poll to prove they're all nuts was a waste of time and ink.

No, I think that this poll ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

No, I think that this poll is evident that democrats are more willing to blame their problems on something out of their control. Having mental issues creates a victim status and is also a good excuse for being a screw up. Democrats fit that profile fairly well.

A conservative is less likely to chalk failure up to a mental illness, where a democrat or liberal is going to use that as an excuse.

I don't think it gives any hard credibility over who is sane or not, but it does show who is more likely to piss and moan and make excuses.

Republicans are signific... (Below threshold)

Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent

Self-reported mental health assessment? LOL, I say, LOL! I'm sure Ted Kaczynski thought he was perfectly healthy.

Another interpretaion of the report is that Republicans are simply more delusional.

Heeeeeeeeee hee heeeeeeeeee... (Below threshold)

Heeeeeeeeee hee heeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

When I saw this, it made my day.

Of course, we have suspected this all along. The only explanation for much of the foolishness on the left is delusion, and other diagnosable disorders.

Brian: "Another interpretai... (Below threshold)

Brian: "Another interpretaion of the report is that Republicans are simply more delusional."

Which is why we believe crazy stuff like fire can actually melt steel.

We can thank the lefties for trying to help us steer clear of THAT particular "delusion".

Drago,Don't forget t... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Don't forget the ones where Bush is the equivalent to Hitler, Global Warming is man-made, Bush is never going to leave office, Bush is still on the ballot next year, you added the nuts and bolts of the truther movement, and don't forget the whole Iraq being a quagmire/civil war/we have lost/the surge won't work.

The dems are the last ones that can call republicans delusional.

I think i made the point above already that the libs are more likely to make up an excuse for their actions than to actually accept the realities. "i have mental issues" makes someone more sympathetic to your failures than actually admiting it. I think there was a story in the news about how denial is a good thing. Just like lying was a good thing in the 90's.

Keep it up libs. You're helping us win elections.

LMAO ...Does anyone think t... (Below threshold)

LMAO ...Does anyone think the phrase .."Liberalism is a MENTAL condition"
came out of nothing?

Cry baby liberals can't wait to run to shrinks, and tell how their own lives and the world need to be FIXED the PROGRESSIVE way.

Conservatives already KNOW the results of this poll, and have for a long while.

The story at Gallup draws t... (Below threshold)

The story at Gallup draws the following puzzling conclusion regarding cause and effect:

In other words, party identification appears to have an independent effect on mental health even when each of these is controlled for.

Maybe it's the other way around. Feeling like you're in control of and capable of handling what life throws at you may make you more likely to identify with Republican principles.

Or, this whole poll could be BS.

It may also explain why so ... (Below threshold)

It may also explain why so many Hollywood celebs are in therapy.

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahaha<... (Below threshold)



Perhaps Republicans like su... (Below threshold)

Perhaps Republicans like superlatives better than Democrats. After all, the Republicans add up to 101% and the Democrats only 99%. How's that for a scientific analysis?

epador, c'mon, this is grrr... (Below threshold)

epador, c'mon, this is grrrrrrrrrrrrreat! Stop being a crybaby.


Rush talks about it all the... (Below threshold)

Rush talks about it all the time, in the sense that liberals are by nature angry, depressed and paranoid. I mean think about it-they are never totally satisfied. There is always another cause to support, some crisis to worry about etc. They are in constant state of turmoil, and just cannot accept the status quo under any circumstances. Progess is demanding and difficult to maintain. It's easy to understand how anyone's mental state could collapse under such duress..

Which is why we believe ... (Below threshold)

Which is why we believe crazy stuff like fire can actually melt steel.

No, you just believe crazy stuff like Republicans control spending, shrink the size of government, and strengthen America's borders.

A paranoid fear that millio... (Below threshold)

A paranoid fear that millions of illegal immigrants are coming over the border only to steal laundry off their clotheslines or hide under your bed while they sleep, unusual love of guns, a stingy spirit unwilling to share with less fortunate persons, especially at Christmas time, a few self-righteous persons absolutely sure that only they should decide the moral values for all others, a warped sense of religion that views Jesus as a wealthy Wall Street banker type, yeah it sounds like a few folks are sure greatly overestimating their own mental health to me.

And here comes Hooson to pu... (Below threshold)

And here comes Hooson to put the dot on the exclaimation point.

Hooson: Gee, I don't know.... (Below threshold)

Hooson: Gee, I don't know. I don't have a "paranoid fear" of anyone stealing my clothes off my clothes lines - let alone illegal immigrants. I don't "love" my guns, but I do enjoy my right to have them, which might protect what I DO love. I'm not stingy and especially not around Christmas. I don't try to force my own moral values on anyone (I have opinions on others' morality, but someone else has their own). And I don't know WHAT to say to the Jesus thing.

You sometimes look at things from an awkward viewpoint, but that was over the top even for you, Paul.

Hooson just proved it for u... (Below threshold)

Hooson just proved it for us.

Thanks, Hoos. Good luck with "all that."

Hmmm, it appears that liber... (Below threshold)

Hmmm, it appears that liberals only dislike superlatives when referring to themselves. Agreed, Mitchell.

I still like the rounding up that gave Red Bulls a 101% and rounding down that gave the Blue Donkeys 99%.

And I don't see any whine in my post above ;-) Just some cheese.

Fair enough, Epa. I'm not ... (Below threshold)

Fair enough, Epa. I'm not a statistician, but why don't you email gallup.com for a response?

I'm sorta like the MSM, the narrative fits the "facts," whatever the facts seem to be . . .

Okay, call me a wet blanket... (Below threshold)

Okay, call me a wet blanket, but this poll by no means measures a person's mental health - it measures a person's OWN ASSESSMENT of their own mental health. That's an important distinction.

I think Dave W hit the nail on the head - Dems are more likely to see their problems as caused by matters outside their control, be it BusHitlerMcHalliburton or mental illness, and therefore needing outside solutions.

And while I make it a point not to argue with trolls:

"a stingy spirit unwilling to share with less fortunate persons, especially at Christmas time"

Have you forgotten already that it's been proven that conservatives give more to charity than liberals? The only thing liberals want to do for the less fortunate is take money from other people to give to them. Conservatives give from their OWN funds. So who is the more stingy?

Remember those Demos. in Fl... (Below threshold)

Remember those Demos. in Florida who started flooding the pschiatry/ology profession after Bush's win in 2000, and the new "disease" that was discovered by the, ahem, profession: post-election trauma, or some such.

I don't recall we had this phenomenon when Slick won both of his elections with less than 50% of the vote . . .

As to how a poll can produc... (Below threshold)

As to how a poll can produce numbers like 101%/99%, it's easy:

33.5% + 33.5% + 33% = 100%, but when the values are rounded, you get 34% + 34% + 33%, which totals 101%.

33.4+33.4+33.2 = 100; rounded off, the values total 99.

Numbers are neat! So too are scientifically meaningless polls. What is the value of self-reporting on one's mental states? There's no necessary connection between one's objective mental state, and one's subjective opinion of this state. Consider the category of illness that we refer to as "dementia"--who knows what's going on from their perspective? All we know is that they're in a padded room, heavily medicated with a low quality of life.
As for explaining away this stupid Gallup poll (hey, I thought Gallup was too liberal to take seriously!), liberals might be more aware of the medicalization of certain emotional states--i.e. depression, anxiety, chronic rage, etc.--and thus might be less likely to describe themselves as "Excellent" if they occasionally experience one or more of these states. Depending on one's perspective, these can be legitimate mental illnesses (psychiatrists would certainly say so); or, they could be symptoms of a bad day, or an inability to cope with unfortunate circumstances--however one wants to describe it. We know what our conservative stereotype has to say: "Put yer goddamn boots and git over it!" And our liberal: "Depression is the only sane reaction to this effed-up world of ours! To the pharmacy!"

If I self-described as mentally ill, as a selfish person I would be more likely to vote Democrat, as I would benefit from socialized medicine. France has excellent psychiatric hospitals, and so does England, Germany, Austria (duh), Japan, etc. Also, I wouldn't really care for conservatarians telling me to "suck it up" and "take some personal responsibility" and pay for my own Paxil if I felt a strong disposition towards hurting myself and possibly other people.

Again--scientifically meaningless, but fun to navel-gaze about.

I hate to spoil the fun, bu... (Below threshold)

I hate to spoil the fun, but self-reported data is completely worthless. There was no objectivity to the data collection process. And the fact that you referred to Michelle Malkin at all makes my skin crawl. Yech.

And the fact that you refer... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

And the fact that you referred to Michelle Malkin at all makes my skin crawl.
This seems to be true of people who are so used to the lies/deception of the liberal media/blogosphere like CNN, Kos, Dem Underground etc... The truth will make them uncomfortable.

Yeah thanks for the ad homi... (Below threshold)

Yeah thanks for the ad hominem attack there, LoveAmerica. Well, Malkin's faults are pretty well documented. (She's easily brushed aside) However, the rest of your accusation is utterly unfounded. You mistake me for some sort of partisan and for some sort of victim of a global conspiracy of media elites. Quite a corner you painted yourself into.

I'll have you know that all media bias in the world won't make the "study" into a valid observation. Nor will my liberal bias (never mind your own bias) ever make Malkin into a person to be trusted or quoted. Malkin is a monster no matter how hypocritial or stupid I am. Check your moral theoretics before you attack on grounds of moral purity.

blogosota, The poll... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

The poll is from Gallup. It simply confirms an observation about liberals in general. Let 's use your standard: if Michelle is easily brushed aside, then the rest of the liberal blogosphere/media is truly in the toilet in terms of accuracy and honesty. I will be fair to you. You can say that Michelle is easily brushed aside. But it is well documented that Michelle is far more accurate and honest than even the liberal paper of record like the NYT. TNR is in the dump now. So at least we can agree that using your very own standard we can agree that the liberal media/blogosphere is truly in a toilet.






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