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Mitt Romney’s Awful Day at the DMV

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a thumbs up after speaking to supporters in front of vacant stores of the Valley Plaza shopping center to a campaign stop on July 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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It’s a cliche at this point, but the DMV is the absolute worst place in the world. Yes, worse than the Olive Garden. It’s like they calculated how many employees they would need to fully staff the place, then cut that number by 95 percent, just to mess with you. Somehow you forgot to bring something to read, so you go through all the photos on your phone for the hundredth time. Two small children are chasing each other nearby; one of them steps on your foot as he runs past. You look over at their mom — she doesn’t care. Like everyone else waiting their turn at the DMV, she is dead inside.

Anyway, Mitt Romney was forced to enter this special circle of hell in Boston yesterday:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used a private, VIP Registry of Motor Vehicles office Wednesday to renew his Massachusetts driver’s license, avoiding the lines and the aggravation that have been synonymous with the agency.

The office, located in the State Transportation Building, is just blocks from a standard Registry branch in Chinatown. But Romney instead went to the headquarters of the state’s Transportation Department, visiting a second-floor office belonging to the Registry’s enforcement division, his campaign confirmed Thursday.

The space is often used by state troopers investigating accidents, though it has also become known as a place for celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile drivers to transact their business.

Ugh, the DMV, right, Mitt?