The Washington Post carries a short report this morning (page A2) that I cant find an online link for about a forthcoming article in the Journal of Research in Personality that analyzes in detail the language used by Bush, Cheney, Kerry, and Edwards in the 2004 campaign. (The study was done by linguists at the Univesity of Texas/Austin--a blue outpost in that red state). The finding: "Sen. Kerry seemed the most depressed and suicidal. And Kerrys running mate, Sen. John Edwards, sounded most like a girly man."
It gets better (and even more depressing for liberals): "Cheney easily sounded the smartest of the four. . . Edwards also was the most likely to use feminine speech patterns and female words, while Cheney sounded most like a mans man. . . The Vice President sounded the most honest of the four, and Kerry the least." The studys authors said that Bush also used a lot of feminine language (thats the trouble with compassionate conservatism), but at least he wasnt depressed like Kerry.