just look at how he treated Rick Perry (Steve Marcus/Reuters)
I’ll bet you $ 10,000 you’ll laugh at this:
Kerry Healey, Romney’s former lieutenant governor in Massachusetts and now an adviser to the Romney campaign, defended the presumptive GOP nominee against charges that he bullied other students during his high school years.
Healey, who has known the former Massachusetts governor for around 10 years, told CNN “Starting Point” that “bullying is not something that [Romney's] ever knowingly engaged in” and referred back to Romney’s behavior in the televised presidential debates. [...]
“In fact, he even intervened on behalf [of]–to try to help–Gov. Perry when he was stumbling. His impulses are very kind impulses and there should be no debate about whether or not Gov. Romney is a bully.”
Well, maybe Healey is right about one thing. There really is no debate about whether or not Mitt Romney is a bully. He is. You need look no further than the fact that virtually every single ad that he ran during the primary was an attack ad. Whether it was his campaign or his Super PAC, Mitt Romney didn’t win the nomination by selling himself: he won it by bludgeoning his rivals—including Rick Perry. He won it by being the biggest, baddest, and richest bully on the block. And he’s got no regrets about it. None at all.
8:34 AM PT: Romney responds to allegations that he was a campaign bully:
First of all, I had no idea what Rick Perry’s sexual orientation might be. Going back to the primaries, that wasn’t something we all discussed or considered. So that’s simply just not accurate. I don’t recall the attack ads myself, but I’ve seen the reports and am not going argue with that. There’s no question that I did some stupid things in the primary campaign and, obviously, if I hurt anyone by virtue of that I would be very sorry for it and apologize for it.
(To be clear, this is a real fake apology, in that this quote is actually a parody of what Romney said yesterday, when he offered his truly fake apology.)