What An Amazing Coincidence!
As if they were cued (they were) by President Obama saying he personally supports same-sex marriage, the Washington Post is running a story about pranks Mitt Romney and his friends played in high school. The crux of the entire story seems to be this:
John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, 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.
They go on to talk about other pranks and incidents that took place while Romney was in school there, but this incident is clearly what they are pushing, otherwise I don’t see the story being written. The real question is why is it being written now?
It’s obvious this story is designed to coincide with President Obama’s flip-flop, his 65th by our count, on same-sex marriage yesterday. They’re using a 40 year-old event, as described by men they admit mostly lean Democratic in an attempt to paint Romney as some gay-bashing psychopath the day after President Obama made the politically and financially motivated decision to personally endorse gay marriage, but saying states have the right to decide the issue for themselves. Not exactly the bold move they’d like you to think it was. In fact, stating your personal opinion on same sex marriage while also saying it’s a state issue is something Rick Perry did back in July 2011. But I didn’t hear anyone celebrating that back then.
This is nothing more than the media doing whatever they can to keep their favorite son in the White House. They found a story that was 40 years-old, told to them by men that lean Democratic, and in which the alleged victim never mentioned it to anyone other than the those men, and who also died of cancer in 2004 so he can’t be spoken to? Please.
I await their story on President Obama’s childhood…