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  •  This is now getting into the ridiculous category (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama eating dog and snake as a kid..
    Mitt being a bully..

    I'm pretty sure I did shit in school I am not proud of.. some things I am proud of as well (like defending the Down Syndrome kid who would get harassed in gym class).  But we all look back and are really glad those days are long behind us, because we were really pretty stupid.

    Let's drop this crap right now folks.  I, for one, have had enough of it.

    This will only renew the efforts of the Freepers et all to find some of Obama's school acquaintances, and dig up dirt.

    •  No. What's ridiculous is (9+ / 0-)

      The moral defect in Romney to give a non-apology apology conditional on IF someone might find his past actions of physically assaulting someone offensive.

      It speaks columns about the fact he is only sorry it might look bad for him now, and because of what he did was wrong on every level.


      Mitch Gore

      Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

      by Lestatdelc on Thu May 10, 2012 at 08:19:57 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly correct (5+ / 0-)

        If he specifically acknowledged it and said he truly regrets it, the issue goes away.  Obama smoked weed and "did some blow."  He acknowledged it; didn't try to weenie around it and it's a non-issue today.  That's how a real human being handles these kinds of things.  

        But what should we expect from a guy who hires an out gay spokesman and then throws him under the bus at his first opportunity.  I don't know how the Log Cabin folks can dissemble on this kind of BS.

      •  Ugh. "volumes" not "columns" damn u autocorrect (0+ / 0-)


        Mitch Gore

        Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

        by Lestatdelc on Thu May 10, 2012 at 08:47:30 AM PDT

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    •  False equivalency at its best right there (7+ / 0-)
    •  Picking on weaker kids....everybody didn't do that (5+ / 0-)

      ...just the pricks.

    •  Phony Equivalence (9+ / 0-)

      Most people do stupid things when they're teenagers.

      Most people do not do evil things when they're teenagers.

      Mitt is an example of the latter.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Thu May 10, 2012 at 08:32:09 AM PDT

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    •  I sort of get your point (4+ / 0-)

      But this is the sort of thing for people outside the campaign to bring up.  Obama won't address this.  

      The reason why I say you are sorta right is that yes, we all do cruel things as teenagers, especially us boys.  But pinning a kid down and cutting his hair in high school?  Tricking a blind guy into walking into a door?  That's pretty assholish behavior.

      And... a few years older, at age 17, I was held to the ground while another sailor put a cigarette out on my ass, for being "gay".  I'm straight, but that doesn't matter.  It was a little scarier with the undercurrent of sexual assault and the fact that the guys doing this were older than me, and certainly worse than what Romney did.  I do have a sense of what it feels like to be on the receiving end, and very little sympathy for a man who would do that and then "forget" or dismiss it as a prank.  Romney behaved like an asshole.  You either leave that behind and grow some empathy, or you remain an asshole.  I don't see any evidence of the former.

      So I guess it is relevant, but I do sorta get your point - this is not something to campaign on.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu May 10, 2012 at 09:12:55 AM PDT

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    •  Quick Question Jerry (0+ / 0-)

      My question doesn't have as much to do with your post above, though I agree with others that it's a false equivalency to compare Obama being fed dog as a child (when he was 6-10 years old) and Romney physically bullying a peer in high school.

      Are you a Democrat, Jerry? Do you support President Obama's re-election?

      The reason I ask is, you have repeatedly criticized the President and Democrats in your relatively short time here at Dailykos, and I'm genuinely curious whether you think Romney is a more suitable President?

      •  No I don't like Romney at all (0+ / 0-)

        I think I have criticized both parties..  Although I must admit my sarcastic, cynical style will often lead me to take an opposing view of the sycophants who mindlessly jump on a lot of stuff without critically thinking about it.

        I'm a fiscal conservative.. and a deficit hawk.  I don't think I have tried to hide that.

        I voted for President Obama last time around.  But quite frankly, I am getting a little pissed with all these peripheral subjects taking front page when I see our economy flat lining.

        And that was the reason for my bringing up the dog eating stuff.. I was not trying to create an equivalency in any shape or form.. I was trying to give an example of the off-topic crap each side seems to be digging for that distracts us from the important subjects.

    •  Obama isn't still eating dog as an adult (0+ / 0-)

      R-Money is still bullying people and believing he has the right to force people to conform to his narrow views

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

      by TrueBlueMajority on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:01:46 AM PDT

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    •  This is not crap. (1+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites

      Bullying is not crap.  It is severe.  It destroys people.  And it's happening now, today.  We just had a documentary come out about bullying.  Acting like what Romney did was minor is the same dismissiveness that allows bullying today to lead to kids killing themselves to escape.

      What's crap, is your post.

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