Sometimes when I’m lying in bed at night counting sheep and thinking about the day I often wonder about: 1) ponies and 2) the fact that a bigger deal hasn’t been made about the fact Mitt Romney used to dress up like a police officer in college and pull people over. For fun.
College is a time in many Americans’ lives when they do stupid shit like smoke too much pot, drink a lot, or have a lot of sex. That’s considered pretty “de rigueur” in college; these are kinks you work out of your system. You then leave said institution to go through the modern world paying your taxes and doing the right thing.
But the GOP presidential candidate had a different gig: instead of drinking and smoking like the rest of America (he claims to have had “one sip” of beer and one drag of a cigarette his entire life, a number we don’t dispute), he would remain perfectly sober and put on a police uniform and pull people over.
According to TV producer Robin Madden, a former friend of Romney during his time at Stanford:
“He told us that he had gotten the uniform from his father,” George Romney, then the Governor of Michigan, whose security detail was staffed by uniformed troopers. “He told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler. We thought it was all pretty weird. We all thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty creepy.’ And after that, we didn’t have much interaction with him.”
In another story during Mitt’s high school days in Michigan, Mitt would pretend to pull his friends over while they were on dates.
Given the current climate of “being outraged over everything” it’s surprising, then, that nobody thinks it weird that the potential future president used to dress up like a police office and scare the shit out of people? I mean, yeah, I could see that shit flying in Michigan (because God hates Michigan and there is nothing to do there), but the behavior continued when he was in college in California during the late ’60s? Go to a reading. Go see a band. Don’t dress up like a police officer and pretend to pull people over FOR FUN.
This coupled with the fact that he personally goes around California beaches busting people for smoking pot paints Romney as a scary, weird guy with an authority complex. Here’s to hoping he loses in November.