If you have been reading the blogs or even slightly more reputable gossip sites like the New York Times or the Washington Post recently you might have noticed a subtle, yet pretty frightening series of anecdotes regarding Mitt Romney’s rather odd personality. It seems that Mittens love of “pranks” is less of the Animal House variety, and more of something you would expect from Patrick Bateman. Strangely Romney’s own comments on the stories have been few and far between, despite the fact that his apparent inner sociopathy seems to be the the only consistent part of his ethos.
Let’s take now widely reported incident from Romney’s high school days where he first exhibited his penchant for bullying (i.e. before Bain Capital). While attending one of Michigan’s most elite prep schools, Romney noticed a student whom he suspected of being a homosexual. The hair style of the student in particular provoked Romney to declare “he can’t look like that….that’s just wrong”. A few days later Romney led a gang to publicly pin the child in the quad at Cranebrook Prep School and cut his hair. Romney didn’t stop when the child started to cry, never apologized to the man (who is now dead), and claims now that he does not “recall” the incident that scarred pretty much everyone else who witnessed it (although his campaign did release a hilarious video of him criticizing his grandson’s hair).
It is easy to dismiss Romney’s statement as bullshit, as Romney is a shameless fucking liar (even for a politician), but what if he is telling the truth? This is a man who has failed at every stage of his political career to pick up on basic social queues or maintain supposed “core beliefs”. Frankly I would not discount Romney when he says that he genuinely doesn’t remember committing assault, as Romney’s perception of his personal entitlement places his amongst the most egotistical people ever to run for political office.
Today we are starting to get word that Romney in both college and high school passed the time by dressing up like a Highway Patrolman (in an authentic uniform nonetheless) and pulling over unsuspecting motorists. No one has yet come forward to say what he did after these completely illegal stops while impersonating an officer. However seeing that this is a favored tactic of serial killers no one maybe around to testify:
“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.”
In Madden’s recollection, confirmed by his wife Susan, who also attended Stanford during those years, “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,” although both Madden and Romney were prep school boys living in the same dorm, called Rinconada.”
Remember, it is a crime when we (the help) do something like this. When Mitt Romney commits this sort of “prank” it is a hilarious personal interest story for our failed fourth estate. NOW GET OFF HIS BEACH YOU POT SMOKING HIPPIE!
Then there is the dog thing. By now everyone knows that Romney strapped his dog to the roof of the family car while driving across the country and into Canada. Frankly this alone is not the act of a psychopath- every dog owner has done something equally stupid when testing the resilience of a pooch vs. common sense. What most people seem to forgot about the story however is more telling of Mitt Romney’s deeply disturbing lack of empathy. Apparently after the dog shit itself out of fear (this is true) Romney pulled over, washed off the car, AND FORCED THE DOG BACK ONTO THE ROOF. The original Boston Globe reporter who related this story (from Romney’s son by the way) is still angry that no one mentions the second part of the dog story- the one that exposes someone working to be the highest ranking public servant in the country as a callous and unfeeling individual towards tangible suffering.
Mitt Romney is the privileged son of a flawed moderate politician whose entitlement complex has allowed him to ascend to highest reaches of power in this country without checking to see if he knows what the fuck he is talking about. This fact does not make him unique in American society (not by a long shot). However there is something slowly leaching out in the story of Romney’s “real” interactions with people that is genuinely scary. Unlike the bumbling idiot that was Bush, Romney seems to be calculating, emotionless, and lacking any sense of a conscience. He made his money grifting desperate people out of their own jobs, and his political career has been defined by embracing whatever polls best during the current media cycle.
So Romney, with his inability to care for others or the rules of society, might be a legitimate psychopath. You would think that these sorts of stories would hurt him in that a responsible media would craft a narrative questioning the impact that a man incapable of being empathetic would have on a country desperately in need of a responsive government.
However in assuming this, you would be wrong: