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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 5:32:04 PM PDT
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Posted on May 11, 2012 5:36:20 PM PDT
So Romney was in some exclusive prep school and it was 50 years ago. Yep, most people change in that kind of time.

But what about Romney?

Paul Waldman has an excellent commentary at CNN: "Romney's lame response on bullying allegations"


"He can't look like that. That's wrong. Just look at him!" Romney told a friend, according to the Post. He then led a group that tracked the boy down, tackled him, and held him on the ground. As the boy cried and yelled for help, Romney reportedly clipped his hair with scissors.

When he was questioned about the story, Romney gave what has now become the politicians' standard response to the revelation of misbehavior from long ago: "I don't recall the incident myself, but I've seen the reports and I'm not going to argue with that. There's no question but that I did some stupid things when I was in high school and obviously if I hurt anyone by virtue of that, I would be very sorry for it and apologize for it."


(Note this paragraph Dumbya - 5 count them 5 witnesses)

Perhaps Romney is being completely sincere. But the Post confirmed the story with five witnesses, four of whom described it on the record, so there seems little doubt about whether it occurred. They were deeply troubled by their participation in it, and recall it vividly to this day.


By referring to Lauber as "that individual" he makes Lauber a nameless figure, further distancing himself from the incident. Which is exactly the opposite of what he should have done. After all, it's the quality of empathy -- being able to see things from someone else's perspective and feel what they feel -- that Romney has had trouble convincing voters he possesses.

This problem comes up for Romney again and again, often in the form of "gaffes" that are usually taken out of context, but still reveal a tin ear for the lives people lead. To take just one example, when Romney said "I like being able to fire people that provide services to me," anyone who has ever been laid off recoiled in shock, whatever the context. Business owners and supervisors who have had to do the firing -- the humane ones, anyway -- know it can be a painful experience from the other side of the desk as well. It may be necessary at times, but you certainly wouldn't say you "like" it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 7:38:58 PM PDT
I miss W says:
Born To Be Stupid. Congratulations.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 6:14:05 AM PDT
It's sad you were born to be stupid. At least you are proud to show your handicap in public. You go, girl.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 9:28:44 AM PDT
I miss W says:
Mustachio says "Weak, peanut!"

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 9:32:54 AM PDT
...If he had just followed the rules of safety when working with electricity around water, the (irreparable) brain cells would have never been damaged.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 2:18:24 PM PDT
Hey Dumbya - have you come to grips yet that Mittens is prejudiced, a bigot, and guilty of a hate crime?

Posted on May 12, 2012 2:25:05 PM PDT
Bad Grandpa says:
Or possibly a wannabe hairstylist?

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 3:03:27 PM PDT
Ze'ev says:
I'm sure you're as outraged by Barry assaulting that poor little girl in prep school.
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