What’s wrong with Mitt Romney? "There is something very odd" about him.


Joan Walsh's Salon piece raises an important question that John Aravosis and Gaius Publius at AMERICAblog and I would like to keep raising. Willard Romney’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad London gaffe-athon may be symptomatic of something a little deeper than political ineptitude.

You've heard of the book What's the Matter with Kansas? Well now some of us are beginning to wonder, what's the matter with Willard?

But seriously, what are we to make of Romney’s Olympics debacle? How could this happen to the man who ran the 2002 Olympics? [...]

I’ve written that Romney’s many gaffes reflect his enormous sense of entitlement and lamentable lack of empathy. [...]

But could it be more than entitlement and an odd personal style? I’ve found myself wondering over the course of the campaign whether Romney has some kind of personality disorder, so dissociated does he occasionally seem from the well-worn routines of normal human interaction. Maybe we should be asking to see his medical records and not just his tax returns. I don’t mean to be flippant about that or insensitive to any kind of problem he may struggle with. But his struggles are our struggles; he’s running to be our president. There is something very odd about Mitt Romney.

So perhaps it's time to tack on an addendum to the "Show us your tax returns" demands. Mitt Romney, show us your medical records.

Please read Joan's entire post here.

  • Adrianna74

    Yes, there is something wrong with Mitt Romney. Before a candidate can run for president he/she should have multi cognitive, IQ, personality tests,MRI of the brain(that would have ruled out "W"), i.e, rigorous physical, mental testing.  The fact that Romney and a couple of his "friends" held down a boy with long hair in school, while he cut it tells you a lot. Even more revealing, Romney stated he "didn't remember the incident". How could anyone forget something of that nature?  I think there is a serious personality disorder lurking in Mitt Romney and God help us if he becomes president.  He reminds me of a lawyer I worked for in NY who was just as insensitive,inappropriate  and obnoxious but at least he didn't run for president -- he was just a corporate sham.  

  • Read Romney's horoscope today. It says he does not care a whit about practical matters and just wants to have fun and play. Good luck in the White House with that, Mittens.

  • It is taken a while to figure Romeny out but finally the convention pulled it together. Romney is essentially a compulsive personality type. Another famous example would be Queen Elizabeth II. Compulsives are known for their excessive devotion to work. They appear as stiff, formal, solemn, grim, serious and unrelaxed. Their smiles seem forced. They are not to fond of emotional displays as they see it as essentially frivolous, and a demonstration of a lack of control. They tend to try and control these factors in their immediate environment, so they are in a sense the epitome of a wooden, wet blanket. In addition, they are known for their perfectionism to the extent that they become indecisive based on their overwhelming fear of making a mistake. They are also know as being subsequience to those above them, and dismissive of those below them. They are very much into status, and the dominance-submissive roles involved int he social hierarchy. These types want the approval of those above them and will bend over backwards to get it, but are contempous and rude to those below them.They like others to go by the rules, although they do not expect this of themselves. Welcome to what it will be like under a Romney presidency.

  • zanastasia

    I was thinking Patrick Bateman, but I see it now. Totally Laura Palmer's dad.

  • Person

    Mitt is an egomaniac/narcissist.  He has made his money by destroying American lives and that doesn't matter to him, it's about getting what he wants no matter the cost to others.  Look at his little family Olympics where he cheats to win (he trips his family members in their races and everyone is supposed to chuckle).  He had pins made of himself during the Salt Lake Olympics!!!! He was a school bully!  This is a sick, cruel guy who would cause A LOT of trouble for our Country and the World if he was the President!  

  • WhatTheFlux

    I've narrowed it down to three personality types:

    Ken Doll
    Ned Flanders
    Laura Palmer's dad

  • I've long felt Mr. Romney's not like the majority of us, but I thought it had to do with his never wanting for anything in his life. But now, I'm becoming genuinely worried that he's not exactly firing on all cylinders. What I've perceived as being occasionally "clueless" runs deeper than I'd imagined, apparently.

  • joewo

    I have thought Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease was to blame but as Mike Papantonio added today as Pap filled in for Ed Schultz's radio show  it could be-
    Early Onset Dimentia
    Asperger's Syndrome
    It could be that he was the boss who was a jerk and once he left a meeting all of the workers agreed he was doing wrong thing.  Bosses like that do what they wish and just because they are "the boss" does not mean they don't make mistakes but the mistakes they make can be huge.  It could be he is so steeped in a culture of Mitt Does No Wrong that he does not know how to control himself so he actually does a lot wrong.