POLITICS AND PSYCHOLOGY….This is what happens when social science meets politics. A team of psychology researchers asked subjects to rate George Bush and John Kerry after being asked questions about death and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Subjects asked about death had more confidence in Bush and admiration for him, while those questioned about intense pain rated Kerry more highly in those categories

….[Jamie] Arndt concluded that images from Sept. 11 could gin up support, even subconsciously, for Bush and the government’s anti-terrorism policies.

“He may benefit from keeping it in people’s minds,” Arndt said in a statement.

So let me get this straight: Bush would probably do well to keep reminding people of 9/11? Hmmm. That’s….very….interesting.

I wonder if anyone’s told him?