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Alcoholic Stereotyping

“Damped down anger of a dry drunk” (Tina Brown on GWB) is similar to stuff I’ve gotten from anti-war callers on TV shows: that Bush’s has an “alcoholic personality,” as if that is one simple thing. This is psychological fundamentalism.

Using the presidency as a case study: Will someone explain how Ulysses Grant, Franklin Pierce and George W. Bush are exactly the same? If we look at siblings or sons of drunks, will someone explain how John Quincy Adams, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are exactly the same?

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