McCain stumbled through another week of blunders, but this week's highlight of the McCain "Low Road to the White House" has to be the anger revealed during Wednesday night's presidential debate.
David Gergen, adviser for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan:
McCain's instability is becoming more and more obvious as the pressure of his failing campaign and shrinking calendar mounts -- but this isn't something new. Here's another flashback, with analysis from the first debate, which underscores that this pattern of erratic, unstable behavior on-screen is persistent.
And finally, as several commenters on Wizbang Blue have noted recently, McCain's flicking of his tongue, licking his lips, facial twitches, and apparent moments of sheer confusion are starting to make people wonder about McCain's medical condition.
His health looks terrible and I looked into it... this should be raised as a serious concern given his #2. The 5 year survival rate on 3a Melanoma is scary enough, but check these out..
I think McCain needs to be honest about his health... here's some of the following symptoms he displays:
Blepharoptosis: Droopy upper eyelid. The condition may be caused by such things as stroke, brain tumor, diabetes and myasthenia gravis.
Tardive Dyskinesia: Tardive dyskinesia is a neurological syndrome caused by the long-term use of neuroleptic drugs. Neuroleptic drugs are generally prescribed for psychiatric ...
**This is text book on the grimacing and lizard tongue flipping**
Tourette Syndrome: Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an inherited neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called tics.
**The vocal spams and eye blinking are typical in mild cases***
Since I can't seem to shake the sight of Senator McCain flicking his tongue during the debate Friday, I had to look a little farther for an explanation.
Turns out this could be an involuntary movement sometimes associated with tartive dyskenisia, a side effect of prescription drugs for psychosis (the phenothiazines group) or Parkinson's disease (L-dopa for example).
In its less severe form, dyskinesia can be consciously controlled most, but not all of the time. As symptoms become more severe, the movement is harder to control, becoming more frequent and exaggerated.
I've seen some suggest it was simple nervousness or a nervous tic, another blog discussion focused on the movement as a tell-tale sign of lying, but it was not unique to Friday night. There are references to this condition that go back for at least several months.
This very visible symptom, coupled with the stare and shuffle that many have noticed (US soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan commented on this during his visits) and associated with drug side effects or early-stage Alzheimers, reinforces the critical need for an unbiased mental and physical evaluation of this candidate.
It's worth a closer look.
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