I realize Obama isn’t doing this himself, but I continue to think that focusing on crap Romney did 30 and 40 years ago has more risks for Obama than for Romney because it draws attention from Romney’s actual business and political record and implies that frivolous criticism of him is as worthy of attention as serious criticism. The guy ran a multibillion dollar venture capital firm, was the governor of Massachusetts, ran for the Senate once and president twice. Yes, scrutiny of your life comes with the territory and it’s six months until the election, but people who want Obama to win would do better to let this stuff go. Not that I think this is going to get weeks and weeks of coverage, but still.
There’s no disputing here that this is a creepy thing to do to somebody. I don’t have trouble accepting that it happened because there are four or five witnesses agreeing it did, and Romney can’t (or won’t) do more than say he doesn’t remember it but doesn’t deny it. It does suggest the existence of a real cruel streak. (And yes, the ‘I don’t remember holding him down and forcibly cutting his hair but I remember not thinking he was gay’ thing doesn’t scan very well. ) Everybody did stupid and often mean stuff in high school, but I’ll go ahead and say that no, I couldn’t have done something like this. That being said, it was also more than 45 years ago, and even being this kind of dickhead at that time does not indicate you’re still that kind of dickhead.
Interesting point: it sounds like the Washington Post was going to run this story a day earlier but held it for a day because of Obama’s announcement on same-sex marriages. That’s going to give this piece a little extra shelf life.