Yesterday, I posted a note about a well-researched story in the Washington Post recounting some disturbing behavior by Mitt Romney during his years at Cranbrook High School in suburban Detroit. I indicated that without condoning his bad conduct, I felt the dredging up of the story was irrelevant to the 2012 Presidental election which needs to be focused on so much more pressing material.
Rethinking Mitt’s “Pranks”
by Dan Shafer •
Then Romney went on the radio to completely muddy the waters and sully his reputation further by claiming, at one and the same time, that: (a) he didn't remember the incident; (b) felt bad for it happening and (c) certainly didn't know the victim of this forgotten incident was gay at the time.
Today, several of my friends pointed me to online and print commentaries which were unanimous in their conclusion that these incidents are important to the current Presidential race. As one of my favorite writers, Joan Walsh, said on Salon.com, "I’m not sure what’s worse – that he remembers his cruel pranks, and he’s lying about it, or that such cruelty doesn’t stand out in his memory." Either of those is a comment on his character and therefore fair game in the election.
I sit corrected.