I work with kids every day.
At some point, virtually every single one of them will engage in some activity that can be defined as bullying.
That may be because of immaturity, peer pressure, or simply thoughtlessness.
Some continue their bullying behavior into adulthood, and some particularly warped individuals -- like anti-bullying activist Dan Savage -- even manage to find a way to justify their bullying as morally virtuous.
So I'm not shocked by the story that Mitt Romney did some things in high school that offend my sense of decency. I can't help but note that the media's need to probe back nearly half a century to find some dirt on the man -- which tells me that there really isn't any dirt on the man who the high school student grew up to be.
Nor am I surprised to find reports -- included in his own book -- that Barack Obama did some crappy things to a classmate when he was in school.
I can look back on my school days and remember some instances when I was gratuitously cruel to classmates -- and many more where I was on the receiving end of such behavior.
Not that I'm justifying cruel things that any of us did to classmates as kids. I'm not. Nor am I excusing things that my students do -- things that I try to stop when I witness them -- but I am recognizing that at an age when young people are immature they act immaturely.
And I'm saying quite clearly that these stories are irrelevant to today.
Because, as I've stated elsewhere, the American people need to focus on one thing only in 2012.