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Why Mitt Screws Up

Let's put Romney on the shrink's couch: His disastrous London gaffes reveal a deep-seated anxiety.

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What comes out besides this sense of smiling certainty are signs of anxious contempt toward others – whether it is how the British run their Games or saying that kids who can’t afford college should borrow money from their parents. Put together, these and many similar statements – his pleasure at firing people or his belief that corporations  are people (is that why he can comfortably bankrupt some?) – are all evidence of a hostility not dissimilar to stories about his bullying of others during his prep school days. At this stage, I suspect Mitt Romney is too anxious to be an effective president. 

 

Justin Frank, M.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., and a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Bush on the Couch and his latest, Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.

 
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