Ann Romney: Mitt Romney’s “Mental Well-Being” in Jeopardy

Ann Romney told an interviewer in Nevada today that, should her husband be elected President, she fears for his mental health. Here’s Reuters:

“I think my biggest concern obviously would just be for his mental well-being,” she said. “I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, . . . So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”

Alarming. Ann Romney, after all, knows him best.

What’s Ann Romney seeing in her husband that suggests he might buckle under the stress of the office, and, if elected, why exactly is his mental and emotional health a matter of “concern” to her? “Mental well-being,” after all, is a synonym for mental health.

This is more than a gaffe or an imprecise use of speech. In her effort to be forthcoming, something is being hinted at. It mustn’t be swept under the rug. Does Mitt Romney have a mental health issue to which it is only fair that the electorate learn about before election day? Is he on medication?

What’s going on here?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Ann Romney: Mitt Romney’s “Mental Well-Being” in Jeopardy

  1. I joined this discussion group because it seemingly had some intelligence in the comments. I see now that it is nothing more than a liberal self-serving platform for Socialism, Communism, and other assholier than thou commentary from those who are a HUGE part of the problem, and NONE, NO PART of the solution. Can you people actually come up with one freaking idea that makes things better, rather that taking the low road of kicking everyone to the curb?

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      If you don’t see solutions, it’s because you’re not looking. I would refer you to Andrew Sullivan’s recent Newsweek piece, “The Democrats’ Reagan,” for the outlines of a second Obama term.

      As to above, it’s a sincere question: does Mitt Romney, now in the second half of his 60s and perhaps emotionally edgy and feeling put upon (if Ann Romney’s comment is any indication), right for such a high stress and multi-tasking job? Does he have the right temperament, and what is Ann Romney expressing concern about?

      As to “Communism,” I’m no fan of it. Great way to straw man me.

      –Santi

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