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McCain Should Be Tested for Senility

Posted by libhom Thursday, August 28, 2008

McCain on war plane looking out of itDemocrats.com, a website run by a group of progressives within the party, is saying something rather controversial. In elections years rife with negative campaigning, it would be easy to dismiss the following, but they make a compelling case based on numbers and medications that McCain should be examined for senile dementia and other mental impairments.

But McCain's age is no joke. He will turn 72 on Friday and would be halfway to 73 if elected and sworn in on January 20.


Nor can we afford the risk of dementia. 22% of Americans over 70 are affected by mild cognitive impairment, while 13% of Americans over 65 have Alzheimer's. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 83, but early signs were evident during his first term. Britain's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher developed dementia at age 75.

Prescriptions can also adversely affect mental function. McCain takes Simvastatin, an arthritis drug that can cause memory loss. McCain also takes Ambien to sleep, which can cause amnesia and "fugue states" like the one that caused Rep. Patrick Kennedy's late-night car crash. If the phone rang at 3 a.m., would McCain even wake up?

McCain's medical records are not available to physicians. He did not "release" them for the campaign; he only allowed hand-picked reporters to examine them quickly without making copies. And there were no results of an Alzheimer's test, because McCain has never had one - even though he has 6 of the 10 warning signs, including his inability to remember facts like the number of homes he owns or the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In previous postings here, I've raised some questions that concerned me regarding McCain's mental state.

"Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran"

Moody and Innapropriate Behavior from "Keating Five" McCain

McCain Said Putin is Germany's President

"Keating Five" McCain Reminds Me of Oscar the Grouch (McCain was strangely irritable on the night he clinched the GOP nomination, what should have been one of the happiest times of his life.)

The corporate media are censoring the issue, as they love slanting everything in favor of the GOP. Regardless of whether you support McKinney, Nader, or Obama, it should be obvious that questions about McCain's mental capacities are reasonable and important. (Republicans should be concerned too, but they tend to see things in an incredibly partisan fog.) Democrats.com has an
online petition asking the corporate media to call on McCain to be examined for Alzheimer's and other mental impairments. Senile dementia due to small strokes should be a subject for medical examination as well.

Please Sign the Petition



  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. I watched my grandfather devolve into full blown Alzheimers when I was in high school and college. It's an ugly disease and McCain's behavior sure reminds me of some of what I saw with my granddad.

    I know the article wasn't written by you, but just for clarity's sake. Simvastatin is a cholesterol drug (I should know, I take it) and of it's many known side effects memory loss is not one of them.

  3. Christopher Says:
  4. When McCain was a POW, his captors provided him with the services of Saigon hookers.

    You see, McCain is the son of a very famous Admiral and the Viet Cong never intended to harm the younger McCain but instead, wanted to scare his accomplished military father.

    It is widely understood that most of the women who worked in the sex trade in Saigon were infected with venereal diseases, and as a POW, John McCain would've never been tested for, and certainly not treated for, syphilis.

    What syphilis does to the human brain if left untreated is the stuff of science fiction. Long story short, your brain is turned into cottage cheese, rendering you unable to control your anger and leaving you unable to make simple and sound judgments.

    I think this MO pretty well fits the person known as John McCain.

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. @ Christopher that scenario is just scary, but not beyond the realm of possibility if you ask me.

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. I'm mortified by McCains age. If he becomes president he'll have to get around with a walker by the end of the term.



  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Magoo was suffering from some form of memory loss or whatever you call it.

    After my partner's stroke, he has experienced some memory loss. It seems to come and go, but in general, he is able to keep track of finances, work schedules, appointments and so on. It's no laughing matter and he isn't "crazy," but I do keep an eye out to make sure he's able to manage daily responsibilities.

  11. GDAEman Says:
  12. My reaction upon reading the title: A chuckle dampened by a straight face. It's no joke.

    ol' cottage cheese brain, McCain, should be tested by an independent medical team.

  13. libhom Says:
  14. emaraldcityguy: I checked some medical sites, and Simvastatin definitely is a statin cholesterol drug like you say. As for memory loss, it is listed as a side affect of the drug on some British medical sites, though the American sites don't mention it.

    christopher: Until McCain is tested, we won't know what might be causing any possible impairment of McCain.

    ceara: There are people older than McCain that I think would be just fine. But, McCain's behavior makes me nervous....

    riverwolf: sorry to read about your partner

    gdaeman: I wish it was a joke. Sigh

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