Holding someone accountable for the foolish things they did in high school for the rest of their lives is not fair. All of us have done at least one thing in our lives that we regret. The problem is Mitt Romney doesn’t regret when he bullied another student in high school, he continues to be a bully – albeit bullying many more people from the lofty perch of his campaign as the defacto Presidential Nominee for the Republican Party.
We already know that Mitt Romney is detached from the reality that faces most of America. Whether he’s mocking cookies from a local bakery, budget rain coats or pontificating on the joys of firing people.
We already know that the only thing Mitt Romney stands for is saying whatever he thinks a given audience wants to hear to finally win the Republican Nomination and at least put in an effort to winning the presidency.
Even the base of Romney’s party is asking will the real Mitt Romney please stand up. Of course, those who know him are holding their noses as they say, “well yeah, he’d make a good president because he isn’t Obama.”
Today we learned about Mitt the high school thug in chief. Many of us were disgusted to learn of his escapades as a homophobic bully. Even he or someone in his campaign recognized this development would make bad optics, so Mitt when to Fox aka the GOP’s politburo, to perform his version of the “if I offended anyone” mea culpa.
The reality is, there probably are at least a few members of the GOP based who went deep into their prayer closets to applaud Romney’s credentials as a high school bully. Some may be thinking they didn’t think he had it in him.
According to the Washington Post, Romney was incensed … because another student “didn’t conform.”
Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
It’s worth noting Romney’s reaction when asked about an incident involving bullying this kid because he didn’t conform. Watch the video, courtesy of Talking Points Memo, here.
“I’ll tell you,” Romney said, chuckling, “the thought that that fellow was homosexual was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s, so that was not the case. But as to pranks that were played back then, I don’t remember them all, but again, high school days, I did stupid things. … And if anyone was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that.”
So Romney knows that the sexual orientation of the boy he doesn’t remember bullied was the furthest thing from his mind.
After the standard “if I offended someone …” apology, it was pretty clear that it was just a matter of time before, true to Romney’s character he would blame President Obama.
As reported by Jason Easley,
According to Romney, this was all an evil Obama plot to distract the American people, but the facts don’t support his claims. While political folks and conspiracy theorists alike are speculating that Obama’s announced support for same sex marriage was choreographed, the reality is that Vice President Biden’s comments got the president to make his announcement a little ahead of schedule. CNN reported that Obama wasn’t supposed to make his support publicly known until his appearance next week on The View.
Even if one could digest the corporatist Agenda Mitt Romney is selling, he fails the character test over and over again.
Character means owning up to the hurtful things you did in the past. It means saying “I’m sorry period, without the “If I hurt or offended anyone qualifier.” It also means you don’t blame your political opponents when your past conduct is exposed by a media outlet.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that holding Romney’s high school bullying against him, in itself is unfair. The issue is the way he handled it today. If he can’t handle responsibility for his own conduct, how can he possibly handle the responsibility of running a country?
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