From the Twitter feed of BuzzFeed's Andrew Kacznyski comes this picture of Mitt Romney, then an undergraduate at Stanford University, participating in a counterprotest against students opposing the Vietnam War.
I have to say I like this. All of our presidential campaigns just end up relitigating the Sixties anyway. Why not go in with someone who drew his line in the sand then?
There's something else to applaud here too. The early lives of our last three presidents have each been representative of boomer self-indulgence, with drugs, drink, or women functioning as detours on their road to greatness. Yet here is Mitt Romney, 19 years of age, hair combed, burnishing a blazer, holding up what has to be the most temperate sentiment ever emblazoned on posterboard. What we see here is a young adult, not a perpetual adolescent exploiting the cocoon that would have been available to the son of a wealthy businessman-cum-politician on one of America's most elite college campuses.
On the left, I'm sure that's just taken as one more indication that Romney has been an elitist square since he was a zygote. But for those of us who believe that the arrested development of young men is one of the more nefarious social trends passed down by the boomer generation (as evinced in its successor generation by a President prone to ponderous "love notes" that read like rejected letters to the editor of the New Yorker), this is a breath of fresh air.
I'm voting for the adult.