Chuck Todd of NBC News said that Mitt Romney is trying to "bully" President Obama and the media into avoiding any discussion of Mormonism this campaign season.
"I think you can get away with that and he can sort of bully opponents and the media to not touch the religion issue," Todd said of Romney last night on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. "I think Bain's another story."
Todd and National Journal's Major Garrett were opining that Romney, by denouncing Obama for "character assassination," was trying to preempt attacks on his Mormonism and his record at Bain Capital.
Depictions of Romney as a "bully" took centerstage in the campaign last week, when The Washington Post followed Obama's declaration of support on gay marriage by running a story alleging that Romney had forcibly cut the hair of a potentially gay classmate in high school.