The media have been gasping in horror over claims that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have engaged in gay bashing 50 years ago in high school, including one incident in which he supposedly brutally hacked off a gay student’s bleached blond locks.
Except that said student, John Lauber, wasn’t openly gay. When interviewed by Auto Weekly before the haircut story surfaced in the mainstream media, key witness Phillip Maxwell never even mentioned the supposedly traumatizing incident.
Maxwell, a Democrat, did offer that Romney was disciplined, focused and smart, and would probably make a great president—points that somehow didn’t make it into the trim 5,500-word Post piece.
The Post originally reported that another classmate, Stu White, had “long been bothered” by the incident—then had to publish a correction stating that White never knew about the incident until an unnamed source relayed it to him several weeks ago.
Liberal commentators have studiously ignored the 95% of the Post report that focused on Romney’s leadership in dozens of school organizations, extensive community service, robust work ethic and all-around popularity and joviality, qualities even cited by many of the “victims” of his pranks.
What do we know about Romney’s character later in life? We know that, much more recently than high school, he risked his life to save a family of six and their dog from drowning in a boating accident in 2003. Have you heard about that in the Post recently?
We also know that in 1996 Romney shut down Bain Capital for a week and sent his 30-person staff to New York City to scour the streets looking for a partner’s missing daughter, who had traveled there for a rave and been abducted while on ecstasy. In a campaign commercial for Romney’s gubernatorial run, the partner tearfully credited Romney with saving his daughter’s life.
Such stories belie the mainstream media’s portrayal of Romney as lacking in humanity and prone to “targeting the vulnerable,” as New York Times columnist Charles Blow put it.
Targeting the vulnerable? Targeting the vulnerable for being in need of his life-saving assistance, perhaps. How many lives has Obama saved with his bare hands or his personal financial resources?
Meanwhile, since we’re talking about high school and character, we know from Obama’s autobiography that he “enthusiastically” used marijuana and cocaine and abused alcohol to such an extent that he spent his last two high school years in a “daze.” We don’t know what bad behavior Obama might have been up to in his twenties, but we do know that he steadfastly refuses to release his college or law school transcripts.
More importantly, we know that while his political career was ascendant, the young Obama sleazily knocked his three respected opponents for the Illinois State Senate off the ballot in 1996, by challenging their candidacy petition signatures based on technicalities. He also eliminated another opponent for U.S. Senate in 2004 by forcing open his challenger’s sealed divorce records. How’s that not “bullying?”
Democratic strategist Paul Begala argues the Romney bullying stories show that the candidate is a “serial abuser of power.”
“Serial abuser of power?” How about applying that label to the president who exploded the number of czars in the federal government, regularly plots to embolden Left Wing federal agency heads to act unilaterally if Congress won’t immediately implement his plans, and brags about putting his boots on people’s necks, kicking their butts and punishing his enemies? How about the president who forms an enemies list of private citizens who contribute to his competitor’s campaign?
Romney may have been a bit of a bully 50 years ago, which he regrets and apologizes for. Obama remains unrepentant for early career political bullying that continues to show itself even as he pursues a second term in the White House.
We all did things at 15 we’re not proud of. I’m more horrified by what Obama is still doing at 50.