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First we turn to Dr. Sanity (just one more blog name misnomer):

My inbox is filled with people asking me to comment on this article, and I can certainly understand why. It is rare to have such a perfect example of severe and malignant narcissism written up in such detail outside the medical literature. I think the article speaks for itself. It is almost impossible to read what some of the people quoted in it have to say without being completely stunned by the self-absorbed, self-deluded rage expressed at the world for daring to be different from what it ought to be. These people have more in common with the arrogant imam I discussed here; who said with complete sincerity, ” Reality is a mistake, we must rectify it.”

How dare reality not conform to their feelings!

This is pure, unadulterated narcissistic rage.

Okay, let’s go look up narcissistic rage:

The narcissist is constantly on the lookout for slights. He is hypervigilant. He perceives every disagreement as criticism and every critical remark as complete and humiliating rejection – nothing short of a threat. Gradually, his mind turns into a chaotic battlefield of paranoia and ideas of reference.

Most narcissists react defensively. They become conspicuously indignant, aggressive, and cold. They detach emotionally for fear of yet another (narcissistic) injury. They devalue the person who made the disparaging remark, the critical comment, the unflattering observation, the innocuous joke at the narcissist’s expense.

By holding the critic in contempt, by diminishing the stature of the discordant conversant – the narcissist minimises the impact of the disagreement or criticism on himself. This is a defence mechanism known as cognitive dissonance.

Fair enough.

Last week Dr. Sanity posted about Sandy Berger campaigning for Joe Sestak and implied that Berger was doing it because Crazy Curt Weldon (Sestak’s opponent) was the go-to guy for the Ain’t-No-There-There Able Danger:

Curt Weldon, as you may or may not remember is the person in Congress who has been trying to shed light on the Able Danger program from the Clinton years, which many people (including myself) suspect may have identified the 9/11 terrorists long before they actually acted.

That effort has run into many roadblocks. One of which may well be the disappearance of key national security documents in the pants and socks of Mr. Berger.

It is totally amazing to me how incurious the media are about this entire story, since they give lip service to trying to “connect the dots” of 9/11. Yet, somehow, if those “dots” don’t lead to G.W. Bush and friends, the story is of no interest to them.

Yet, I find it extremely interesting. Especially in light of Berger’s recent fund-raising activities of Sestak, who is running against Weldon.

I posted a comment on her blog asking if she wanted to address Weldon’s criticisms of how Sestak was hospitalizing his critically ill daughter. I thought as a doctor, Dr. Sanity might find it a bit beyond the pale. Instead she deleted the comment.

“How dare reality not conform to their feelings!”

I wrote her an email calling her a “sad little person” who would delete a critical commment from her blog and this is the response I received:

From : PatSanty@*******
Sent : Friday, April 7, 2006 5:27 AM
To : tblogg@hotmail.com
Subject : Re: comments

What a sad person I am? Get real buddy. You come to my blog and make insinuations about me and think I have to take that? Say whatever you want on your own blog, I could give a shit. But on my blog, you are there on my leave.

If you read the piece I make no comment about Weldon or even being for him in his race (of which I know nothing). I also know nothing about Sestak. It was about Sandy Berger and his motivations. But like a typical person of your political beliefs, you immediately assume I can only positively approve of the guy you happen to dislike. How often do you go worship on the altar of (sic)

You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Since your particularly nasty insinuations about me, I went and looked at what Weldon said, and while ill-considered, his comments about location of the treatment of Sestak’s daughter seem to be completely overblown. If it was about a Republican candidate’s daughter, I’m sure that your friends would be suggesting she’d be better off dead than having a Republican for a father.

But that is your side’s technique, isn’t it?

Get lost and take your faux outrage with you. You are pathetic . And that’s my professional opinion.

Let’s go back to narcissistic rage again, shall we:

The narcissist is constantly on the lookout for slights. He is hypervigilant. He perceives every disagreement as criticism and every critical remark as complete and humiliating rejection – nothing short of a threat. Gradually, his mind turns into a chaotic battlefield of paranoia and ideas of reference.

Most narcissists react defensively. They become conspicuously indignant, aggressive, and cold. They detach emotionally for fear of yet another (narcissistic) injury. They devalue the person who made the disparaging remark, the critical comment, the unflattering observation, the innocuous joke at the narcissist’s expense.

By holding the critic in contempt, by diminishing the stature of the discordant conversant – the narcissist minimises the impact of the disagreement or criticism on himself. This is a defence mechanism known as cognitive dissonance.

As they say…textbook.

In my email response back to the good doctor I refered to her as a “quack”, and for that I apologize.

I had no idea.

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