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Does it matter if Romney used to be a bully?

Does it matter if Mitt Romney bullied gay students when he was in high school, including by holding one student down and cutting his hair? Not really, said Daniel Foster of the National Review. "Just about all of us were picked on at some point or another, and just about all of us have done something cruel in our younger years," he wrote. "The former doesn't give us any unique insight, and the latter doesn't define us as people." Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen agrees, but he thinks what does matter is Romney's response, or lack there of. "Romney admitted nothing, confessed to nothing – except youth," Cohen wrote. "He occasionally 'might have gone too far' with certain unspecified pranks. Nothing more."