Romney was a bully. Try being on the receiving end, Mitt.


Mitt Romney at 14 via AP, WaPo


Willard M. Romney bullied someone years ago, then apologized. He said he didn’t remember the incident:

His campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, said in a statement that “anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body. The stories of fifty years ago seem exaggerated and off base and Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”

It was that inconsequential to him. He just can't seem to recall doing this:

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.

Five students remembered, and gave their accounts of what happened independently of one another.

Here's another one for you:

In an English class, Gary Hummel, who was a closeted gay student at the time, recalled that his efforts to speak out in class were punctuated with Romney shouting, “Atta girl!” 

I've been on the receiving end of bullying and assaults (not quite as bad as the first example, but close, and way worse than the second one) during my childhood and teen years. I was a very shy, small kid who the teachers loved because I was an A-student, quiet, and caused no problems. My nicknames were "Bug" and "Mouse." My parents taught me to "turn the other cheek."

I learned the hard way to reject that advice, which took years.

I still remember, vividly, the helpless, humiliating feelings of confusion, panic, and desperation while being publicly manhandled, ganged-up on, jeered, and ridiculed as others stood by and watched, or laughed, or joined in.

How could anyone who does things like that to a schoolmate let such brutally hurtful behavior slip their mind? What kind of person thinks such abuse is a "harmless prank"? Or thinks practical jokes on teachers with "diminished eyesight" are real knee-slappers?

Maybe the same kind of who was cruel to animals.

I was bullied. You never forget it. I guess it means less to those who do the bullying.

President Obama, unlike Mitt Romney, believes that two people who love each other should marry. Mitt Romney, unlike President Obama, assaulted a fellow student and called a gay classmate a "girl".

Both want to be president of the United States.

This election is, in large part, about character.  I'm voting for Barack Obama.