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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Still waters run deep

I don't think this is what Ann Romney had in mind when she called her husband "a wild and crazy man."

The Washington Post offered a lengthy look at Romney's time at Cranbrook School, where the son of an auto industry executive apparently felt a need to compensate for American Motors' status as No. 4 in the auto world.

The portrait seems to foreshadow the Romney of today, a guy just trying to fit in. Just like today, he awkwardly tries to connect to people by trying to guess where they come from.

And just like today, he can turn on a dime and show a callous and hard side. Today it comes in the form of comments like lamenting he does not have a job or that he likes to fire people.

But Our Man Myth really stepped into it at Cranbrook, where he apparently was a willing participant, if not a ringleader, in what can fairly be called bullying. And that's only because gay bashing was not something one talked about in the 1960s. But Romney's conformist mindset was in full bloom:
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!"
Sadly, in keeping with Myth's multiple choice reality, the candidate says he can't remember the time he and his pals pinned down John Lauber and Romney clipped his bleach-blond hair. But Romney is also quick to apologize for something he doesn't recall.

The bright side, if there is one? The story quickly consumed the media universe and took attention away from a damning headline that offers visual proof of Romney's multiple choice options on gay rights and marriage.

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