I haven’t commented on the Washington Post article about Mitt Romney’s holding a classmate down and forcibly cutting his hair 47 years ago when he was in prep school because this isn’t a scandal du jour blog. If there were some pattern of behavior from then to the present day, the story might have some significance. However, the family of the alleged victim of the incident has objected to the factual content of the story, one of the classmates cited in the story has already denied aspects of the reporting, the alleged victim is now deceased and unavailable for comment, and the Post is doing some after-publication editing of the story. We’ll need to see what develops, if anything. Those activities are characteristic of a weak story which re-reporting may cause the Post more embarrassment than Mr. Romney.
However, if (and I emphasize the “if”) the incident took place as reported I think that Joe Gandelman’s take, in which he echoes Andrew Sullivan and Joe Klein, is a good one: if there’s a pattern to Mr. Romney’s behavior it’s one of lying when the truth is potentially politically painful.