Campaign 2012: Mitt Romney, Prep School Bully
"They talk about the fact that I played a lot of pranks in high school," he said. "And they describe some that you just say to yourself, back in high school I just did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by it, obviously I apologize."
Slate's John Dickerson discusses why the possibility of Romney having been a bully matters, despite being so far in the past, and reminds us that, fair or not, much the same vetting process has happened to every major political candidate of the past 20 years.
The story won't determine Romney's candidacy but in today's world, in which bullying is not just considered an unfortunate rite of childhood and a deadly serious responsibility for educators, the accusation that Romney bullied other kids carries heavier weight.