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Dear Mrs. Romney,

Since my private secretary is off today (it being Sunday and all), I am composing this letter on my trusty word processor, rather than dictating it to be transcribed onto my usual ecru linen paper. One does what one can these days.

I read with sympathy recently your comments to the naysayers who should be supporting your husband’s presidential bid: “Stop it. This is hard.” You also mentioned that if they thought they could do better, they should get into the ring. Unfortunately, none of these pundits is running for office at the moment. However, one or two (Peggy Noonan springs to mind) have been writers for successful presidential candidates. Perhaps they actually know something about winning an election? Perhaps they are trying to suggest that your husband’s workers are not serving him well? There are still quite a few weeks to go before election day. Perhaps these naysayers are on your side.

Yes, Mrs. Romney, running in an election is hard. Governing a country is even harder. If your husband can’t stand up to the rigors of campaigning and the criticism of friendly pundits, one wonders how he would withstand the difficulties of the Oval Office. He has had some experience in political office, as the folks of Massachusetts know very well (I’m told the health care plan passed when he was Governor is quite popular), but that was a few years ago. Perhaps he should pay attention to what people are telling him now, even if he never asked them a question.

In closing, Mrs. Romney, allow me to mention how much I admire the lovely family you have raised. Five boys—all out on their own now, independent of their parents, raising families of their own. Not a one of them is living in your basement! You must be quite proud of them, and of yourself and your husband. Not many young couples who married and started a family before either of them had finished college have done as well as you two have. Congratulations on the excellent life choices you have made. You are an example to us all. I will certainly advise my daughter to marry someone with a good stock portfolio.

I remain your devoted admirer,

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