This is the account of an amazing experiment that was developed to find out why the Germans would follow orders and kill people. Having developed the study, Stanley Milgram "tested" it at Yale University on ordinary citizens. What he expected was that people would not follow orders to such an extent that they were willing to kill the "subject."
It turns out, that most of these average Americans were willing to apparently "kill" the "subject" because the guy in the white coat said the experiment had to go ahead and that he took responsibility. Needless to say, the experiment was not taken over to Germany.
For the question in this article, we need to imagine that Obama and Romney are ordinary citizens (however rich or schooled) and that they do not know about the experiment as many of you probably do.
We also need to insist that we are assessing their characters in light of whatever evidence we have.
There are two videos in this article but it is the first one that presents some of the original footage of the real experiment.
The experiment has been panned because it caused stress for the subjects. It should also be praised because it showed just how disgustingly obedient ordinary Americans were to authority.
Maybe it was panned to set aside what was discovered: that ordinary Americans were willing to follow authority to the degree that they would kill another ordinary American whom they had just met.