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  •  It does speak to his character (7+ / 0-)

    And his character is mean and hateful. That's entirely relevant.

    •  If everything I did as a teenager (0+ / 0-)

      supposedly "spoke to" my character as an adult, well, that would be a really, really, really difficult thing -- I doubt anybody could get over that.

      What you do as an adult "speaks to" your character as an adult.  

      •  It's The Difference Between "Stupid" and "Evil" (2+ / 0-)
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        If people judged me by the worst things I did as a teenager, they'd conclude that I was a flake who shouldn't be trusted with serious responsibilities, but basically harmless.

        If people judged Mitt by incidents like this, they'd conclude that he's a dangerous sociopath who ought to be watched closely and put in jail as soon as he (probably sooner rather than later) does something that deserves a prison sentence.

        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 10:18:38 AM PDT

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        •  Hmm. Did you ever get into a fight in high school (1+ / 0-)
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          where you hit another kid?  How about break the law by drinking?  How about something that  spoke directly to honesty and character, like plagiarizing all or part of a paper, or cheating on a test, or even lying to your teachers?  Or how about bullying another kid by making fun of them for being overweight, or a nerd, or wearing glasses, or whatever?  

          Should we judge all adults based on whether they did this kind of thing as teenagers?  Should the WaPo launch a major investigation into the President's high school years?  

          I completely agree that both the President and Romney should be judged by what they did.  But I would judge both of them on what they've done as adults.  I wouldn't condone looking into whether the President did any of those kinds of things as a teenager so as to use that as a basis to judge him as an adult.  

          •  It's a single piece of the puzzle (1+ / 0-)
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            Combine this with his disregard for the family dog, his verbal gaffes such as "I like firing people who provide me services" and "Corporations are people", and his total inability to understand what the average American is dealing with, and you come up with someone who'd be better qualified to be a dictator of some tiny country with the population of about 200.

            Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

            by Cali Scribe on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:58:39 AM PDT

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            •  Welp (1+ / 0-)
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              The firing people comment is another one that should have been a non-issue and only became an issue because people looking to score points intentionally took the quote of context.

              Again, there are plenty of actual things to hammer Mitt with. There's no reason to create outrage about crap like this when all it does is obscure the things that are actually outrageous.

          •  It's the difference between (0+ / 0-)

            hijinks and cruelty.

            That streak of cruelty seems to be something he has not outgrown.

          •  Did you ever gang assault someone (0+ / 0-)

            Hold them down, cut their hair and do something to publicly humiliate them?  If so, you should be doing public service, publicly admitting and atoning for your wanton behavior.  I don't see Romney doing that, at all.  I'm judging Romney by how he is reacting NOW.  It isn't only what he did 40+ years ago, it is how he acted and what he said when confronted with his previous actions.  What I see is a man that treats people the same way today as he treated people when he was a teenager, and I do not like what I see.

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