More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”
--Todd S. Purdam, It Came From Wasilla (via Ian)

It's been eight months since the 2008 presidential campaign ended and elements of it still blow my mind. If you find yourself nostalgic for last year's madness (remember when McCain decided to suspend his campaign until the economy was fixed?), read this article and get scurred for 2012.

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