According to the Washington Post’s cranky lib Greg Sargent, Romeny’s bullying 50 years ago is “fair game,” so I’m guessing he will say the same thing about Obama? Yeah, maybe not.
What does Mitt Romney’s bullying tell us? — WaPo’s Greg Sargent
The story of the morning is that 18-year-old Mitt Romney and a bunch of prep school buds bullied John Lauber, who had bleached blond hair that covered one eye and was relentlessly teased for his “nonconformity and presumed homosexuality,” as today’s Post puts it.
Romney and his pals held Lauber down and Romney clipped the kid’s hair as he teared up and yelled for help. One former classmate called the episode “vicious.”
Today, Romney apologized, though he didn’t cop to the actual episode:
“Back in high school, I did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that. . . I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school, and some might have gone too far, and for that I apologize.”
It’s hard to see why this story isn’t fair game in journalistic terms. The conservative complaint this morning that it’s an unfair hit piece seems absurd: the man is running for president. Every aspect of his life is going to get picked over. It comes with the territory. It’s a deeply reported piece. In journalistic terms, the story is totally legit.