Wow, in his senior year at a highly exclusive prep school, Mitt Romney rounded up a gang of fellow students and carried out a pre-planned act of assault and battery on a younger, weaker boy that he perceived to be gay. Romney finished his felonious assault off by forcibly cutting the other boy's hair. Rounding up a gang of his friends is the cherry on top: like the vast majority of bullies, Mitt Romney is a coward who needs to gang up on a weaker person to make himself feel big. The Washington Post broke the story:
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.Let me make a couple points here:
The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named.
1) You'll notice that I used the present tense when I called Mitt Romney a gay basher. He hasn't accepted responsibility for the attack or apologized. He says he can't remember, which is kinda strange considering how many of his school mates remember it. For them it was a jarringly violent incident. For Mitt Romney, apparently not so much. Maybe he did this kind of thing more than once and he has a hard time remembering individual victims. Since he hasn't taken responsibility or apologized, you can't really say he's put it behind him: once a gay basher, always a gay basher.
2) Even as I type this someone at a conservative blog like Bearing Drift is red-facedly typing a post that will argue that this incident took place four decades ago and it's old news. Just a moment folks; for the last couple of weeks the right wing has been pushing the story that Barack Obama ate dog when he was a small child in Asia. That was about four decades ago, and yet the Republican Party has gone on and on about Obama's childhood experience eating dog. In the past Republicans have argued the Obama was unfit to be president based on something he wrote in elementary school. Face it, a precedent was set: a candidate's biography going all the way back to his birth is relevant. Now we find that when Mitt Romney was 18 years old--legally an adult--he planned and carried out a violent assault on a younger, weaker boy; and he was such a coward that he needed a gang of preppies to back him up.
I've realized for some time now that Mitt Romney was a deeply flawed person who routinely lies and can't keep his stories straight, but until now I didn't see the deeper pathology.