There is a recent theme of what you might call "Mitt Romney on the couch" posts lately. I think this will be an expanding subject in the coming months and years. I say years because I am speculating that the study of this particular question will reveal a number of fasciating things about this candidate who conservative columnist Peggy Noonan calls a "rolling calamity."
This will likely say quite a lot about the modern GOP as well. There were lots of tentative supporters for the various pretenders to the GOP nomination, but these odd hucksters have shrunk back to their respective political vaudeville tours. Cain recently stated that if he had been the nominee, he would be leading Obama right now. Yeah, we all really missed our chance at "9-9-9." Even today, Newt Gingrich was in Missouri endorsing Republican pariah Todd Akin. Gingrich even said that Romney will eventually come around and endorse the entire GOP ticket. Romney had previously asked Akin to drop out. The deadline to do so in tomorrow.
Eventually, when the dust from the messy, noisy campaign has cleared, and the false positions which come with party loyalty are reduced enough to have a real discussion, there will be a serious discussion about how a once major political party had the year leading up to the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama. A large part of that discussion will be the various elements that led to the GOP selecting this very flawed, and perhaps even psychologically flawed man as their standard bearer. It is early yet, and there are good discussions already taking shape here on Open Salon. Sagemerlin has them covered nicely in two posts here.
On the subject of exactly how crazy is Mitt Romney, I dont have much to add. I find the subject fascinating, and will be following it, and the demise of the GOP for some time. But on that subject I would like to add these. Perhaps you have not seen them or heard of them. The following are pictures of Mitt Romney as a college student at Berkeley where he attended "Pro Vietnam War" rallies. I never knew there were such things until I saw this earlier this year. So now that the conversation is just kicking into gear, I offer thse as we consider, what exactly is wrong with Mitt Romney?
The very fine posts linked above list and discuss many of the oddities of Mitt Romney. His odd statements and odd behaviors tell quite a story. None of us is qualified to diagnose the man, and Sagemerlin stipulates that in his second post. Certainly, any one of us might have done some of these things, but how many have done all of them? How many would? Who do you know that protested in favor of the Vietnam war? There is something wrong with that man.