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October 05, 2007

"Experts:" Pete Dominici Must Resign His Seat Immediately!
PS: Tim Johnson Can Continue Serving In The Senate Thirty Years Past His Actual Death

I'm no fan of Pete Dominici, and I'll concede that dementia, even in its early stages, isn't really something one would want in a Senator. But then, no one complains much about Robert Byrd.

Still, as AndrewF. points out, the MSM has done nothing but reassure us that Tim Johnson is on his way to a full cognitive recovery (something they can't know for certain, and definitely doesn't seem true at the moment), but immediately recruits experts to tell us that Pete Dominici cannot possibly serve for another few months so dire is his mental degeneration.

Four prominent neurologists say they cannot see how Sen. Pete Domenici can continue his work as a U.S. senator given his diagnosis with frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a type of dementia.

September tests showed Sen. Pete Domenici's brain disorder had progressed since an April checkup.

The disease attacks the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, which control judgment, complex decision-making, communication, mood and behavior.

None of the four doctors is treating Domenici, nor is any familiar with his case, but all have treated patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration, or FTLD.

Dr. David Knopman, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, says when his patients learn they have FTLD, he tells them it's best to stop working.

"They would be prone to have poor judgment and make mistakes," Knopman said. "I would encourage them to leave their employment."


A source close to Domenici, 75, says his physician at Johns Hopkins University Hospital "has a comfort level with his ability to finish out the term."

The source added, "Those of us who work with him have not seen much deterioration."

Dr. Bruce Miller, a neurologist at the University of California-San Francisco, says that of the 500 patients he's treated for FTLD, very few have been able to keep working.

"At times they can shift to a different style of work that doesn't require making big judgments, like being a paper boy," he said.

They found four experts demanding he resign immediately to become a paper boy. Did a single expert disagree? I sort of think the answer is "yes," but of course they don't tell us that.

Meanwhile, all the experts the media consults -- to the extent its willing to inquire at all -- are perfectly sure that Tim Johnson can do a bang-up job as Senator as he struggles to recover from his aneurysm despite, you know, not really being a Senator anymore.

I wonder if this casts doubt on some of the MSM's previous gushings for Dominici when he expressed doubts over the Iraq War. I suppose those were his last lucid moments.

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