No Kennedy Him

May 10, 2012

Story floating around the InterWebs this afternoon — seems Mitt Romney is an asshole from way back.
The Washington Post has a piece up on Romney’s creepy ways while a prep-school student, instances which included an episode where he led a cluster-attack on this kid — others held the boy while Mitt scissored off his hair: “It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”
Romney hadn’t no memory of it this morning.
Reportedly by this afternoon, though, the episode had somehow re-entered his mental faculties.

(Illustration found here).

Earlier today (Via TPM): Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Post that Romney had no recollection of the incidents in question, which she said “seem exaggerated,” and added that “Anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body.”
Meanwhile, Romney later went on Fox News Radio (via the San Francisco Chronicle ): “Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize.”
Clearly, but then, maybe perhaps.
And from ABC News: He added that “homosexuality was the furthest thing from his mind” when it came to the jokes he played on classmates. He laughed off the 45-year-old anecdotes during the radio interview today.

The Post article has tipped some cups — should be interesting to see how this plays out amongst the MSM and the voters.
The name of the kid that Romney gave an ‘vicious’ haircut to was John Lauber.
He was later kicked out of school after being caught smoking a cigarette, and from the detailed Post story, despite some cruel times, lived an amazing, adventurous life.
A snapshot:

He came out as gay to his family and close friends and led a vagabond life, taking dressage lessons in England and touring with the Royal Lipizzaner Stallion riders.
After an extreme fit of temper in front of his mother and sister at home in South Bend, he checked into the Menninger Clinic psychiatric hospital in Topeka, Kan.
Later he received his embalmer’s license, worked as a chef aboard big freighters and fishing trawlers, and cooked for civilian contractors during the war in Bosnia and then, a decade later, in Iraq.
His hair thinned as he aged, and in the winter of 2004 he returned to Seattle, the closest thing he had to a base.
He died there of liver cancer that December.

According to his sister, Betsy, Lauber “had a glorious sense of the absurd.”

Yes, the very thought of Mitt Romney as president does seem so senseless as to be laughable.

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