I looked at a picture of Mitt with Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, and suddenly a little light bulb went on. I’d seen that fake, forced smile a thousand times, but, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that Mitt may have Aspergers, which is part of the autism spectrum.
People with Aspergers lack empathy and have difficulty with social situations. Basically, they find it very hard to relate to other people, to put themselves in their shoes.
If Mitt has Aspergers, it would explain a lot.
I posted right after Aurora urging everyone to watch Mitt’s comments about the tragedy, and his weird, insincere, robotic affect. Aspergers would explain why he was so “off” when he made his statement.
It would explain stuff like “Corporations are people too” and “I enjoy firing people.”
It would explain his ruthlessness in the way Bain closed businesses and fired people without severance, health care, pensions, job training. As Mitt’s opponent in his run for governor, Shannon O’Brien, asked about one such closing, “Couldn’t Bain have made $80 million on that deal instead of $100 million and helped the displaced workers?” But if Mitt has Aspergers, he has a complete inability to imagine what getting fired was like for those people.
It would explain his citing the time he put his dog Seamus on the roof of the car as an example of his ability to solve problems, and having no clue why other people were horrified by that story.
I really think there’s more going on with Mitt than just being a spoiled, sheltered rich person. A lot of rich people have genuine smiles. If I had $250 million, I’d be grinning all the time.
Sean Hannity has been using the tag line “Can you afford four more?” about President Obama. I wonder if we can afford a president with Aspergers, a president with no empathy at a time when so many Americans are suffering.