Bil posted yesterday about Mitt Romney's days as a violent bully back in the 60's. The Washington Post had five witnesses who independently verified the story, the Boston Globe has a sixth. The short version is that Romney led others in holding down a kid and cutting off his hair and would shout "atta-girl" at another student who was perceived as gay when he spoke in class, but both articles are worth reading for the whole story.
Romney has several excuses for the whole thing:
- he does not remember the incident (even though six classmates, some of whom sound fairly Republican, all do),
- even though he doesn't remember the incident, he's absolutely sure he didn't do it because the kids were gay since there were no gay kids in the 60's,
- he's had a bunch of kids who also had a bunch of kids, which means that his past is erased or something,
- why can't we talk about stuff that's relevant, like how he stole pensions from workers in Kansas City?
- it's funny, something to laugh about with Brian Kilmeade, and
- he's sorry for any incident that "may have gone too far."
A few years ago I worked at a summer camp for future Bain-esque boys whose b/millionaire parents sent them there to toughen them up. Unlike my fairly middle class upbringing, these kids weren't taught to meticulously follow the rules. Instead, they could do pretty much anything they wanted to do so long as they were tough little men about it, and that included bullying and fighting.