no, really. according to a new study, it turns out that there’s a direct link between mental illness and support for bush. part of the conclusion:
“Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” [social work graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University Christopher] 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.'”
a previous study found similar results for a republican candidate, with psychiatric patients preferring nixon over mcgovern in the 1972 election. but this is hardly news, as studies have shown that many conservatives seek authoritarian leadership — ie. as long as they’re told everything’s going to be fine, they’re happy to take orders (and happy to call those who question the authority “traitors”, happy to support journalists being thrown in jail for embarrassing der führer with such trifles as revelations of his lawbreaking, happy to support massive foreign policy blunders, and so forth). just so long as there’s order.
perhaps the ideal conservative candidate for 2008 would be the stepfather. ORDER, damn it! what we need around here is some ORDER!