Washington Babylon — October 16, 2008, 12:54 pm

McCain’s Other Joe Problem: Should the senator switch to Sanka?

From BAGnewsNotes–“Has McCain Been Suffering From What The DSM-IV Classifies As Caffeine Intoxication?”

Is it just coincidence John McCain is often depicted with a jumbo-sized Starbucks in or at hand?…As I’ve been writing throughout the campaign, I think McCain’s touchiness and erratic behavior is part of his nature. However, the penchant for caffeine certainly can’t be doing anything to contribute greater balance of stability to an already hyperactive and jittery personality like McCain, who can hardly stand or sit still. In fact, in a post from the Concord Monitor blog back in June, McCain himself cites his caffeine intake as a problem, disclosing how its been a factor — at least, during the Republican primaries — in his debate performance.”

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