Below I sketch the case that Juan Williams has been subjected to punitive psychiatry at Democrat State Radio. Charles Krauthammer finds President Obama making his own discoveries in liberal psychology, applicable to the electorate as a whole:
Opening a whole new branch of cognitive science — liberal psychology — Obama has discovered a new principle: The fearful brain is hard-wired to act befuddled, i.e., vote Republican.
But of course. Here Obama has spent two years bestowing upon the peasantry the “New Foundation” of a more regulated, socially engineered and therefore more humane society, and they repay him with recalcitrance and outright opposition. Here he gave them Obamacare, the stimulus, financial regulation and a shot at cap-and-trade — and the electorate remains not just unmoved but ungrateful.
Faced with this truly puzzling conundrum, Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the “facts and science” undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.
Krauthammer rejects Obama’s diagnosis, and his professional training as a psychiatrist gives him special standing to find fault with it. He has a better explanation. “No fanciful new syndromes or other elaborate fictions are required to understand that if you try to impose a liberal agenda on such a demonstrably center-right country — a country that is 80 percent non-liberal — you get a massive backlash.” The backlash provoked by Democrat State Radio acting on its diagnosis of the Williams Syndrome is a close relative to the one Krauthammer deduces among the electorate.