The actual diagnosis of a psychosis involves a rating scale called, The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). This tool is used to measure the behavior and mood metrics of a patient in order to decide whether a person is in danger of developing a psychosis or having a psychotic episode. I think we are seeing evidence of this throughout the media, government, and the Democratic Party on a daily basis. It is measured on a 1-7 scale.
1 Somatic concern – 3
So in short, what’s depressed me and caused me to lose sleep was the both incidents coming so close together; the fact Breitbart is taken seriously by so many and has outlets to push his agenda, combined with too many on the left deciding that the best way to fight this rise in conservative media outlets to is actually create a liberal type of campaign or organization. In short, it makes me wonder, what the hell is happening to journalism. Chuck Todd to Politico
2 Anxiety – 5
3 Depression – 4
Democrats are feeling enormous political stress. Independents have fled the Obama coalition, out of concern about debt, deficits and spending. Intensity is on the Republican and conservative side. A recent Gallup poll found that the percentage of Republican voters who say they are “very enthusiastic” to vote in 2010 is twice the percentage of Democrats who say the same (44 percent to 22 percent). Obama’s job approval now flirts with 40 percent, with solid majorities disapproving his handing of the economy, deficits and health care.
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/05/2132004/anxious-democrats-only-worsen.html#ixzz0wbEuYgdZ
See Chuck Todd
4 Suicidality – 7
This Is a Dreadful Idea, decides Jonathan Martin‘s analysis for Politico. Chronicling Democrats’ fairly extensive use of the “Bush-bashing” strategy already, Martin reports that “after three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning [the] tactic.”
5 Guilt – 5
The House will hold an open meeting of the Ethics Committee on 29 July to look at charges that Rep Charlie Rangel (D NY 15th) violated House rules. He has about the safest seat in the House after Nancy Pelosi & Barney Frank. Is this designed to show that the Democrats are truly interested in “draining the swamp”?
6 Hostility – 7
Media Monitor Julie notes that making fun of the Tax Day Teabaggings is not just for Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox anymore, and sends along a clip from last night’s Countdown, in which David Shuster and Lawrence O’Donnell trotted out their own teabagging material for the MSNBC audience. They had the natural advantage of being familiar with the equipment used in a good teabagging — steeped in it, if you will — but the resulting conversation…well, let’s just say that it proved somehow even more unsubtle that the Maddow/Cox version, thanks to the use of words like: “lick,” “teabag mouthpieces,” “nutshell,” “uprising,” “firm,” and “David Vitter” who has “tight lips.” It just goes on and on.
7 Elated Mood – 4
Obama rolled the dice on his man and won decisively. This victory should provide a huge psychological advantage for Team Obama, which had been on the defensive and reeling from losses in contests this year in Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. On Bennett’s win in a contested Democratic primary in Colorado.
8 Grandiosity – 6
Political analysts saw criticism of the vacation having little impact.
“She is the most popular figure in the administration,” Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, said. “I just don’t think Americans are going to begrudge her a vacation.”
A Gallup poll in July showed Michelle Obama’s favorability rating at 66 percent topped former President Bill Clinton’s 61 percent, and her husband’s 52 percent.
“I doubt very much it will have much impact on her standing,” Bowman said.
9 Suspiciousness – Definite 7
Bill Clinton was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether the conspiracy is still there. He replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.”
Clinton said that this time around, the focus is on Obama and “their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.”
This may in fact be the best confirmation of the truth behind the charges against Mr. Obama.
For, lest we forget, the phrase “vast right wing conspiracy’ was originally coined by Mrs. Clinton to explain the pernicious lies about Mr. Clinton having had an affair with Miss Monica Lewinsky.
Which of course turned out to be all too true. So the “vast right wing conspiracy” has a pretty good track record.
10 Hallucinations – 6
“I think they’re Astroturf,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “You be the judge.
11 Unusual thought content – 6
“The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to,” she said. “The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis.”
But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came — OneUnited.
12 Bizarre behaviour – 7
See Rep. Alan Grayson D-FL or Keith Olbermann pretty much any day of the week.
13 Self-neglect – 4
Sensible Democrats not standing up to this madness and screaming, ‘enough.’
14 Disorientation – 6
“It’s the world we’re in. It’s a much more negative, critical world, and people are sour now,” he said. “The thing they’re most sour about is the future, not the present. In other words, if people were sure that things would be better five years from now, they’d be less sour. Sen. Chuck Schumer – N.Y.
15 Conceptual disorganization – 7
Geithner Op-Ed: ‘Welcome To The Recovery’
WASHINGTON – In an op-ed piece published in today’s New York Times, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner reviews recent economic data and what it tells us about the state of the recovery. The combined impact of government action over the past two years has helped put the economy back on the path to growth, and the private sector is now the driving force as government spending tapers off. From Treasury.gov
I think we can safely say this is a group heading for a serious nervous breakdown followed by gibberish, rocking back and forth, slobbering, calling out nonsense words, and in general catatonia.
I can’t wait.