The Mitt Romney 1965 bullying incident at Cranbrook where he assaulted John Lauber and cut off chunks of his hair because he appeared to be a homosexual lives for another day. This time, CNN spoke with a fellow classmate, Phillip Maxwell, who remembers the incident quite clearly and called it an assault. Maxwell told CNN he is “still haunted by what he witnessed on the campus of the elite Cranbrook School in 1965.” He said, “It was not an event you take a lot of pride in. And it was that way for all of us. I’m a lawyer. I know what an assault is. This kid was scared. He was terrified. That’s an assault.” Um, here’s my question: what did Phillip Maxwell do when he witnessed the assault on John Lauber?
I have always felt Mitt Romney isn’t all that he seems to be, but which politician is? As much as I consider this incident from 1965 to be a distraction, had it involved a black student, his presidential aspirations would have been “Swift-boated.” The right wing can dish it, but they can’t take it. I don’t understand why Mitt Romney apologized yesterday if he can’t remember the incident. That was another lie emanating from his lips. Nothing new coming from Mr. Etch-A-Sketch. For me, Mitt Romney scripted his narrative, just like then-candidate Barack Obama, who said he “compressed” his girlfriends into one in his memoir. That’s problematic because we don’t know who the true Mitt Romney really is. As far as I can tell, he comes across as a rich kid who got his way by being a bully and turning his nose up at the poor. But that’s not the message we are hearing. It’s no surprise. Here’s an interesting excerpt from First Read and the Cranbrook bullying incident:
“But this story exposed a bigger problem for Romney. The first thing anyone running for office has to do is own their own narrative; they need to define themselves before the other side does it for them. And the bigger issue here is that the story brings to light how Romney – despite running for president for five years – is still not completely defined; his narrative is still being formed. The question of, ‘Who is Mitt Romney,’ is still out there. Just because you have high name ID, doesn’t mean people know who you are. It’s the great mistake that John Kerry made in 2004. When you first start running as a presidential candidate, you’re usually a two-dimensional figure. By the general election, you’re 3D; you’re fully formed. Romney’s STILL not yet fully formed despite fact that he’s run for president for so long. The story’s a reminder of how easily others are trying to fill in the blanks. Which begs the question: why is Romney still not fully-formed in the minds of the public?”
It will be interesting to see what nuggets a Mitt Romney biographer will uncover. I will say, what happened at Cranbrook in 1965 might be the tip of the iceberg.