Romney isn't disputing that he did it. The other participants have vivid memories and much shame over what they did. It happened, and it went beyond casual teen cruelty.
It was a vicious criminal assault against a nonconsenting and scared younger and vulnerable student. It matters. And more importantly, how Mr. Romney has dealt with it now matters. Yesterday, he had a chance to show his quality. He should have acknowledged his memory fo the facts, his particfipation, and his shame, and used it as a springboard for a Presidential discussion about bullying. He could have acted like a man and a leader. He chose lies and minimization. That is an insight into his character which is very relevant to his ability to lead this nation.