Romney: Residual Impairments from Brain Injury in 1968?
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DocChap, a Daily Kos member with a background in neuropsychology, posted some original research about Mitt Romney's possible residual impairments from a 1968 brain injury:
[Mitt Romney has] been seriously injured in a car wreck in France in 1968, so severely that he was declared dead at the scene. And while he was later said to have only sustained a concussion, his apparent prolonged unconsciousness suggests that traumatic brain injury (TBI) would have been a more appropriate diagnosis.
Traumatic brain injury is generally associated with varying degrees of lasting mental impairment, which can include behavioral and/or mood disturbances, thought disorder, confusion, and deficits of concentration, attention, and memory. Years later, TBI survivors who have recovered most of their faculties and function may still show mild forgetfulness, impulsivity, and moodiness, and judgement can be disturbed in seemingly unpredictable ways. Interpersonal
eccentricities may be even more likely.
DocChap then goes on to list a series of incidents involving Romney's loss of temper, which are consistent with the above diagnosis. DocChap also most eloquently discusses his own qualms about his profession's ethical implications of publishing such information on a public forum. I like that he took the time to stop and think about what was the right thing to do:
I asked a few colleagues their opinions of my presenting this information and my interpretation of it in a public forum, and none thought to do so would violate ethical principles.
I really would have loved it if this theory had become mainstream and if it had had the results DocChap hoped for:
But the question of his possible deficits from traumatic brain injury, even unproven, would undoubtedly lead many voters to have even greater doubts about him. It could discourage Romney from claiming to have no recollection of events from his past, and might compel him to avoid the frequent self-contradictions which have resulted in his multitude of “flip-flops” on issues. Not wanting to be seen as brain-injured and impaired, Romney may go to greater lengths to avoid vacillating on his political stances, such that he could no longer present incongruous positions to conflicting Republican factions, and would have to keep his stories straight in forthcoming debates with Obama.
For me, as a person who tries very hard to promote sanity and honesty in the political discourse, the above scenario would be a dream come true. One more reason for me to promote the "residual impairment" theory.