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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 10:37 AM
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The Dark Side of Mitt Romney
Pay attention to stories like these.

The Dark Side of Mitt Romney

By Michael Kranish and Scott Helman
Vanity Fair
February 2012


By 1983, (Peggie) Hayes was 23 and back in the Boston area, raising a 3-year-old daughter on her own and working as a nurses aide. Then she got pregnant again. Single motherhood was no picnic, but Hayes said she had wanted a second child and wasnt upset at the news. I kind of felt like I could do it, she said. And I wanted to. By that point Mitt Romney, the man whose kids Hayes used to watch, was, as bishop of her ward, her church leader. ..... Then Romney called Hayes one winter day and said he wanted to come over and talk. He arrived at her apartment in Somerville, a dense, largely working-class city just north of Boston. They chitchatted for a few minutes. Then Romney said something about the churchs adoption agency. Hayes initially thought she must have misunderstood. But Romneys intent became apparent: he was urging her to give up her soon-to-be-born son for adoption, saying that was what the church wanted. Indeed, the church encourages adoption in cases where a successful marriage is unlikely.

Hayes was deeply insulted. She told him she would never surrender her child. Sure, her life wasnt exactly the picture of Rockwellian harmony, but she felt she was on a path to stability. In that moment, she also felt intimidated. Here was Romney, who held great power as her church leader and was the head of a wealthy, prominent Belmont family, sitting in her gritty apartment making grave demands. And then he says, Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you dont, then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,  Hayes recalled. It was a serious threat. At that point Hayes still valued her place within the Mormon Church. This is not playing around, she said. This is not like You dont get to take Communion. This is like You will not be saved. You will never see the face of God.  Romney would later deny that he had threatened Hayes with excommunication, but Hayes said his message was crystal clear: Give up your son or give up your God.


In the fall of 1990, Exponent II published in its journal an unsigned essay by a married woman who, having already borne five children, had found herself some years earlier facing an unplanned sixth pregnancy. She couldnt bear the thought of another child and was contemplating abortion. .... Then the womans doctors discovered she had a serious blood clot in her pelvis. She thought initially that would be her way outof course she would have to get an abortion. But the doctors, she said, ultimately told her that, with some risk to her life, she might be able to deliver a full-term baby, whose chance of survival they put at 50 percent. One day in the hospital, her bishoplater identified as Romney, though she did not name him in the piecepaid her a visit. He told her about his nephew who had Down syndrome and what a blessing it had turned out to be for their family. As your bishop, she said he told her, my concern is with the child. The woman wrote, Here Ia baptized, endowed, dedicated worker, and tithe-payer in the churchlay helpless, hurt, and frightened, trying to maintain my psychological equilibrium, and his concern was for the eight-week possibility in my uterusnot for me!

Romney would later contend that he couldnt recall the incident, saying, I dont have any memory of what she is referring to, although I certainly cant say it could not have been me.



BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasnt having it.

He cant look like that. Thats wrong. Just look at him! an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemanns recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Laubers look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the schools collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Laubers hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.


It was a hack job, recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. It was vicious.


Ann Romney, laughingly: Seamus 'loved' car roof

These stories offer disturbing glimpses into the character of Mitt Romney. I hope people are paying attention to them.

If Mitt Romney somehow takes the White House (cue the Bush Election Theft Machine), this country will get a haircut and strapped to the roof.

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 11:09 AM
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1. Mr. Poopy Head
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 11:39 AM
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2. His memory fails him way too nuch for him to be successful at being POTUS.
He can't have it both ways.

Either he is lying about forgetting, in which case he is too deceitful to be President, or he is telling the truth about forgetting, in which case, he is too forgetful to be POTUS.

Either way....
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 12:18 PM
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3. Mittster: Herman Munster's body powered by Dick Cheney's old heart.
Oh. And W's brain.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 03:08 PM
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4. And Scrooge McDuck's greed. And The Penguin's soul.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 04:22 PM
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5. Shouldn't this instead by called "All Sides of Mitt Romney"?
The only good thing about Romney is that at least he didn't make the poor dog Seamus ride in the car with him. ;-)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-12 05:46 PM
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6. Mitt and Ann gave Seamus away to Mitt's sister.
Guess he was an inconvenient pooch.
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