Mitt Romney was an 18 year old high school bully and it matters

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Or so says Forbes magazine in this article.

We all now know that as an 18-year-old prep school student in the 1960s, Mitt Romney rounded up a group of friends, assaulted a student who would later come out as gay, pinned him to the ground, and hacked off the hair he had grown long and dyed blond over vacation.

The boy was crying and screaming for help as he was held down by the other boys.

All of the participants remember the event and have expressed remorse. All save for the ringleader, Romney.

Phillip Maxwell, a fellow student who was there when it happened, told ABC News, It’s a haunting memory. . . . because when you see somebody who is simply different taken down that way and is terrified and you see that look in their eye you never forget it. And that was what we all walked away with.

Who could ever forget such a thing? Andrew Sullivan writes, “We have two options: this man is so callous that, unlike all those others involved in this assault, he has forgotten it. Or he is a liar. ”

I raised the same issue in an earlier post and some people felt that it mattered and others that it did not.

https://plus.google.com/107040353898400532534/posts/ezLxDpF3eNC

Some felt that his response was insincere or dismissive or an outright lie.

Mitt Romney laughs off his teen bullying
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/10/mitt-romney-laughs-off-teen-bullying/

Mitt Romney's empathy problem
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbarro/2012/05/11/bullying-and-mitt-romneys-empathy-problem/

Does his bullying and response matter ?
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