I feel as if I already had my say about this aspect of the man's history before the particular story surfaced. But the story rankles so I'll tell it again.
In 1965 I graduated from another northern, rust belt prep school that was the analogue of the one that Ann Romney attended. We were loosely paired with a boys school much like Cranbrook. I am -- and even then knew I was -- a lesbian. This was a brutal environment in which to be gay in those years. Frequently the excitement and tension that most adolescents experience in coming to sexual awareness was channeled into abusing anyone suspected of being "queer." Casual jokes about queers were the norm, but worse, anyone thought to be "one of them" was fair game for taunting and "jokes." Those of us who were gay were forced to avoid each in order to try to escape taint, so it was incredibly lonely. Having observed the boys, I'm sure that among them it was worse. Quite a few of us excelled academically because it won us some protection from the faculty, even if it further alienated the popular ones and the jocks.
I wouldn't be surprised if Romney really didn't remember any of what the WaPo reports -- the behavior described was so casually his natural right in that situation that it didn't merit recall. What he remembers is that he enjoyed his prep school days and that, by the standards of that place, he did right. And, as in so many arenas, he seems never to have understood that all his life he has enjoyed unchallenged access to privilege and power utterly unknown to most of us. That's what the popular boys were like. Most probably eventually learned that life is more challenging than that, but apparently not this Cranbrook boy.
I have no nostalgia for those times at all. And I certainly don't want a President for whom those times are any kind of touchstone of normal life.
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