Romney: Does an old bullying story matter?

Romney’s treatment of a gay prep-school classmate in 1965 has raised questions about his character.

“Once a bully, always a bully,” said Paul Begala in Last week’s front-page story in The Washington Post about the young Mitt Romney’s bullying of a gay prep-school classmate in 1965 raises serious questions about “the man who seeks to become the most powerful person in the world.” Romney, the Post revealed, became incensed when an effeminate classmate, John Lauber, returned to the wealthy prep school from vacation with bleached hair that hung down over one eye. “He can’t look like that,” Romney told his pals. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!” The tall, wealthy Romney then organized a posse of friends who held down the screaming, weeping Lauber while Romney chopped off the blond locks with scissors. In a telling comment, said Amy Davidson in, Romney denied any memory of the attack, conceding with a chuckle that “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school.” Is brutalizing a gay classmate merely “a prank?” Perhaps that same inability to see the world “from anyone’s perspective but his own” explains why, as a Republican presidential candidate, this smugly privileged man opposes letting gays and lesbians marry their partners.

“Shame on The Washington Post,” said the New York Post in an editorial. This irrelevant story, dredged up from “nearly half a century ago,” is conclusive proof that the mainstream media is “complicit in Team Obama’s ceaseless effort to distract voters from real issues,” such as the economy. For some reason, the media never shows any interest in Barack Obama’s admitted use of marijuana and cocaine in his teen years, or his later association with campus radicals, Marxists, and black-liberation theologians. The Post’s story smells like a plant from the Obama campaign, said John Hayward in What’s far more relevant is Romney’s demonstration of compassion in subsequent years: He’s twice saved several people who were close to drowning in a lake at his summer home, and in 1996, he shut down Bain Capital and flew every employee to New York City to search for the missing 14-year-old daughter of an employee.

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