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The Ugly ‘A’ Word Has Been Spoken

There’s be quite a bit of hushed suggestion of McCain’s mental acuity. Today is the first time I’ve seen the word Alzheimer’s used.

One would think use hateful liberals would be shouting from the trees just to scare people. So why not? Anyone who is familiar with this disease and can recognize it, can only be saddened by the idea. I hate to say it, but we need to know…now. McCain should be tested.

HuffingtonPost today – Announced on his 72nd birthday, this pick follows a string of McCain gaffes, memory lapses, and episodes of forgetfulness on the campaign trail. As reported by Talking Points Memo:

“McCain frequently forgets key elements of policies, gets countries’ names wrong, forgets things he’s said only hours or days before and is frequently just confused.”

It all raises the uncomfortable question of whether McCain might be exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

I don’t take the subject of Alzheimer’s lightly. My grandfather died of complications from the disease, and I watched his mind waste away over a period of several painful years. But it’s a question that must be raised in view of John McCain’s age. If elected, he would be the nation’s oldest president in history.

According to the national Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization for Alzheimer care, support and research, one of the top ten warning signs of the disease is poor or decreased judgment. The number one warning sign is memory loss.

The last septuagenarian in the White House, Ronald Reagan, exhibited symptoms of forgetfulness and mental degeneration before leaving office, although his Alzheimer’s diagnosis was only made public in 1994. Former White House correspondent Lesley Stahl wrote in her book Reporting Live that she and other reporters suspected Reagan was “sinking into senility” as early as 1986, but that aides “covered up his condition” and editors chose not to cover it.

History seems to be repeating itself, because the press is not devoting nearly enough attention to McCain’s well-documented memory problems. – Eric Ose


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