NYT bombshell: Some of Romney’s neighbors don’t like him much

posted at 4:41 pm on June 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Republican nominee not so different from average American after all.”

Well, a little different. The point of this latest “news” belch, as always with big-media lifestyle pieces about the Romneys, is to remind you that their house is bigger than your house — a lot bigger, and getting bigger by the day. (“The new house, by contrast, will be 11,000 square feet with a split-level four-car garage equipped with an elevator to ferry cars up and down.”) Turns out the renovations might even partially obstruct his nice gay neighbors’ ocean view. Rich people, man. Always blockin’ out the sun.

Here’s the part that’s gotten the most attention on blogs. No-win situation for Romney: If he grumbles about local pot-smoking, he’s a narc, and if he doesn’t grumble about it then his public/private hypocrisy on marijuana makes him almost as much of a fraud on this issue as you know who.

The Romneys rarely entertain neighbors, but they have tried to weave themselves into the fabric of local life. Mr. Romney and his wife take regular walks around La Jolla, exchanging pleasantries with fellow strollers and occasionally enforcing the law. A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.

The issue appears to be a recurring nuisance for the Romneys. Mr. Quint, who lives on the waterfront near Mr. Romney, said that a police officer had asked him, on a weekend when the candidate was in town, to report any pot smoking on the beach. The officer explained to him that “your neighbors have complained,” Mr. Quint recalled. “He was pretty clear that it was the Romneys.”

Local realtors tell the Times that Romney’s move to the neighborhood could increase property values by 10 percent, so there’s the silver lining for Quint: Soon he’ll be able to afford a lot of extra bud to enjoy in the privacy of his home. The other silver lining here is that this story is so profoundly stupid and petty that even reliably left-wing outfits are grumbling about it. MSNBC dumped on it in a panel discussion this afternoon and HuffPo’s Jason Linkins described it as having “all the political salience of a sack of dog leavings.” Quote:

Eventually, however, it really shifts into gear, and you learn that the more important takeaway is Romney has apparently moved in alongside a gaggle of affluent, backbiting NIMBYs who are just mad that he is threatening their property values — through both the extensive, ongoing renovations to his home and … well, by just being around, and having a large group of security personnel traveling in his wake. They are sad that their road is blocked up, and their “ocean views are in jeopardy,” and their favorite “dog walking routes” have been “disrupted.”…

And at another point in the piece, one of Romney’s neighbors tells Barbaro that if it were President Barack Obama causing all this neighborhood disruption, “I’d probably be fine with it.” You could say the same thing about Obama supporters’ reactions to the president’s “kill list,” only that would have been a more interesting story.

Yeah, sure would. Via the Daily Caller, here’s Scarborough and crew twisting the knife this morning, again on MSNBC. Exit question: How long before we get the next story about Ann Romney’s pricey dressage-horse hobby? Maybe with an angle about how the smell of the horses’ waste isn’t very pleasant to passersby? Over/under is one week.


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For partisan candor it was hard to top Karen Webber, who lives several blocks away and dislikes the heightened security measures. “If this were Obama,” she said, standing near bright orange barriers restricting access to Dunemere, “I’d probably be fine with it.”

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Anne can always board her horses up the road in Del Mar…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Do people actually spit on Scarecrow when they meet him on the streets? And if not: why not?

Valkyriepundit on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I live about 15 minutes from La Jolla, and go there often for both business and pleasure… and I have yet to run into anyone who is less than estatic that the next Preident of the United States will be one of their own. They have welcomed Mitt with open arms… and checkbooks. Even the La Jolla Libs are sick of the stench coming from 1400 Pennsylvania Ave.

VastRightWingConspirator on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Tony Rezko, in contrast TOTALLY approved of the Obamas.

NoDonkey on June 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

just about everyone I know in La Jolla are pretty conservative…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

so there’s the silver lining for Quint: Soon he’ll be able to afford a lot of extra bud to enjoy in the privacy of his home.

Irony of all, same guys likely brag to all their out of town friends that they’re neighbors with “guess who?”, even if they disagree politically…though Mitt is not that far from them anyway.

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oh noes!

Do we conservatives need and crave the approval of others like the emotionally needy Left? I hope not.

Charlemagne on June 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.

A Republican who doesn’t like drugs in his neighborhood and thinks the law should be enforced? Oh noes. Unprecedented.

Next thing you know we’ll find out he likes to keep his lawn cut and occasionally enjoys a nice steak.

amerpundit on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

This kinda stuff is all they got.

Akzed on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Coincidentally, this is the same day Stanley Kurtz has now published yet ANOTHER historical document proving Barack Obama was a card-carrying member of the socialist “New Party” as late as the LATE 1990S.

——————————-

***Begin New York Times employee simulation***

Part 1: you need a story to write. Do you:

A) ask Obama “if you were once a socialist, but now you aren’t, WHAT CAUSED YOU TO REJECT SOCIALISM AND WHY”

B) read dailykos and complain about Romney’s house

—–

Good job! You chose “B: read dailykos and complain about Romney’s house.”

Part 2: you need a story to publish. Do you:

A) realize the hypocrisy about complaining about big houses since Obama uses big houses like Clooney’s and Katzenberg’s to get $$$$$$$

B) re-print the dailykos story anyway

——

Good job! You chose “B!” You’ll be booked for ‘meet the press’ anyday now. Remember to attack Rush Limbaugh, the Koch brothers, and “demographic anxiousness of the census report”, and you’ll fit in just fine!

***END NYT EMPLOYEE SIMULATION***

pamplonajack on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

What has happened to Mika? She has become such a bitter shrew.

MayBee on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Hey, after all those stories about how John effen Kerry’s neighbors thought he was a total chode, this is only fair.

Kataklysmic on June 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

And did a felonious “friend,” who is now in prison, buy the empty lot next door for hundreds of thousands of dollars, in order to give the Romney’s house more privacy? Did the felon, who is one of Romney’s corrupt cronies, then sell a small strip of the lot to the Romneys, thereby making the remainder of the lot too small for a building permit, ensuring that nobody else would ever build there but that the Romneys would not have to pay for the privilege of that expensive privacy?

No, that was the Obamas and their Chicago fixer “friend” Tony Rezko. But the MSM will never tell you about that.

AZCoyote on June 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Exactly. They loved Jackie Kennedy — specifically they absolutely adored that the First Lady was an accomplished horsewoman. Scenes like this video of Jackie riding with her children in the Virginia hunt country – as JFK watched from nearby — were staples of the liberal media, the only media, of the day. If one grew up in the Kennedy era it is recognized instantly, particularly the scene where Caroline’s horse “Macaroni” is nibbling on JFK as the President laughs. Horseback riding as Mrs. Kennedy pursued it was an expensive hobby then — as now. And this fact was lavishly presented to the American public as a sign of class — both financial class and as in “classy.”

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

What has happened to Mika? She has become such a bitter shrew.

MayBee on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

She contracted Letterman-itis.

Kataklysmic on June 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’m not his neighbor and I don’t like him either. RINO flip flopper Obama clone and the father of Obamacare. That’s a hell of a lot to dislike.

they lie on June 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Shall we remind New York Times sycophants whom Obama has referred to as “just a neighbor next door”?

Archivarix on June 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Again, look at the satellite view. His house is not larger than most of the homes built closest to the beach. There is a small house behind him, built on an angle. There may be some obstruction but not a lot.

Blake on June 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It’s hilarious hearing Letto and Lennerman making cheap jokes about Governor Romney’s home and car elevator when either of them are worth more than Romney. Jay has a couple of warehouses that he calls ‘garages’ to house his car collection worth more than most of us make in a lifetime.

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

No comment from Tom Friedman on Governor Romney’s house?

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I know a single gal who does dressage on her nurse’s salary. Must not be exclusively for the rich. Question is, WGAF?

WeekendAtBernankes on June 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Local realtors tell the Times that Romney’s move to the neighborhood could increase property values by 10 percent

Anyone who has the temerity to complain about the Romneys moving into the neighborhood when their homes are gonna increase in value by that much(in this crappy market no less) deserve to be smacked upside the head. I’ll bet every homeowner in Nevada or Florida would welcome them with open arms right about now.

Doughboy on June 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I think Mitt Romney is going to be the next President of the United States at this rate. This is just pathetic.

Punchenko on June 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Who cares. Obama ate a DOG!

LetsBfrank on June 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I bet my dislike for those two now in the wh trump any ‘doesn’t get along’ with Mitt neighbors? And nyt, you can print that as a quote from me!
L

letget on June 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.

So in other words, Romney is out there trying to drive property value up. Sound like a good neighbor and a good President.

LetsBfrank on June 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Ann Romney has real horses. She doesn’t have to hang out at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house.

RBMN on June 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Question is, WGAF?

WeekendAtBernankes on June 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Millions of “swing independants” in crucial toss up states, that’s who.

/Debbie Blabbermouth-Shultz

Kataklysmic on June 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Even the La Jolla Libs are sick of the stench coming from 1400 Pennsylvania Ave.

I’m sorry to see that the stench is spreading down the street. Personally, I thought that all of DC already had a stench.

reddevil on June 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Hey, what about how he was as a neighbor 40 years ago?

What did is 1ST grade classmates think of him?

Does he recycle?

Soon, the kneepad media will be delving into these pressing questions for sure.

Chip on June 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

dude. La Jolla is awesome. Beautiful area. I can’t say as I blame the Romney’s for having a pad there….who wouldn’t want one?

ted c on June 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Some of Romney’s neighbors don’t like him much

Outside of HotAir I don’t know anybody that does.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

NYT theme song.

Time for someone to kindly take the Old Gray Lady to the nursing home so she can be looked after and so she doesn’t hurt herself.

Betenoire on June 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

NYT bombshell: Some of Romney’s neighbors don’t like him much

Tens of millions of Americans would throw tomatoes at the White House if Obama was their neighbour/employee/houseguest and they wouldn’t get arrested by the Secret Service.

So there.

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Mika looks like she’s sucking lemons. There’s something sexy about that. It reminds me of a certain scene in ‘Atlantic City’.

birdhurd on June 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

oh my god, it’s over. this scandal will be the straw that broke the camels back.

exceller on June 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Millions of “swing independants” in crucial toss up states, that’s who.

/Debbie Blabbermouth-Shultz

Kataklysmic on June 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

“Swing independents”

First they matter

Then they don’t

WeekendAtBernankes on June 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Maybe with an angle about how the smell of the horses’ waste*ss isn’t very pleasant to passersby?

A White House neighbor story?

LetsBfrank on June 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Some of Romney’s neighbors don’t like him much

Outside of HotAir I don’t know anybody that does.

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Ever heard of Utah? Idaho?

RBMN on June 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM


Romney returns to Iowa Friday for a Council Bluffs event

This is right across the river from me, think I’ll go check him out…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Joe is a conservative who loves the NYT.

THAT is a LOT stranger than liking the Beatles.

IlikedAUH2O on June 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

In: “Squirrel!”

Out: “All the News That’s Fit to Print.”

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Yeap…

“What election?” – New York Times

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2012 at 5:10 PM

They are sad that their road is blocked up, and their “ocean views are in jeopardy,” and their favorite “dog walking routes” have been “disrupted.”

That must be it. The neighbors are afraid their dogs will end up on a car roof with Seamus.

Or in Barry O’s stomach.

By the way, how many square feet in Rezko’s mansion in Chi-town?

Steve Z on June 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Does Mr. Quint have a boat that he uses for shark hunting.

RickB on June 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Isn’t Ann Romney’s horse hobby used as therapy to slow the progression of MS? Do dems really want to go that route?

midgeorgian on June 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop….The officer explained to him that “your neighbors have complained,” Mr. Quint recalled. “He was pretty clear that it was the Romneys.”

But, the ‘tard probably votes for bassholes like the ones that ban throwing Frisbees, playing football, and building sandcastles on the beach.

Children building sandcastles: No

Stoners getting loaded: Yes

California Screamin’

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The sad thing for Scarborough is when he asks why the NYTs would be caught doing this again, when it was so embarrassing 4 years ago.

But Joe, the results speak for themselves! The NYT is still in business, and Obama was elected. Why would they change their strategy for this election?

MayBee on June 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

What has happened to Mika? She has become such a bitter shrew.

MayBee on June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

When you’ve sold your soul, your integrity and your profession for a con man, this is what happens.

Yet another teachable moment from Obama.

kim roy on June 7, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Isn’t Ann Romney’s horse hobby used as therapy to slow the progression of MS?

midgeorgian on June 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yes

Do dems really want to go that route?

Two words: Trig Palin

So, yes.

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Mika is sooo stupid.

Scarborough is a bloviator.

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

For partisan candor it was hard to top Karen Webber, who lives several blocks away and dislikes the heightened security measures. “If this were Obama,” she said, standing near bright orange barriers restricting access to Dunemere, “I’d probably be fine with it.”

Schadenfreude on June 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Funny, isn’t it that San Diegans still insist its “conservative” territory.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Demsperation.

stukinIL4now on June 7, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I wonder if the NYT will next cover Obama with the same exhaustive research (and bitterness) to conclude that domestic terrorist neighbors of Obama really like him?

Probably not, eh?

BruthaMan on June 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Oh No a gay couple can not walk their dog in the same way because of Secret service.

Grunt on June 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop…The officer explained to him that “your neighbors have complained,” Mr. Quint recalled. “He was pretty clear that it was the Romneys.”

Of course, the barking spiderhole probably votes for other barking spiderholes that ban throwing Frisbees, playing football, and building sandcastles on the beach.

Children building sandcastles: Verboten

Stoners getting stoned: A-OK

California Screamin’

Resist We Much on June 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM

PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA CANNOT RUN FOR REELECTION ON HIS PERFECT RECORD OF DISMAL PERFORMANCE AND PERPETUAL ABJECT FAILURE(S)

Demonizing Mitt Romney for any and every petty little thing their diseased minds can contrive is all that the lapdog MainStream Media and Barack Hussein Obama have. There is no other option available to them. Nothing. Their desperation is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It is a glorious thing to witness.

FlatFoot on June 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Funny, isn’t it that San Diegans still insist its “conservative” territory.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Had an openly gay DA and Assemblywoman when I left San Diego after thirty years in 2005…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Had an openly gay DA and Assemblywoman when I left San Diego after thirty years in 2005…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Double funny that most gays are uber liberal not realizing their “heroes”, from Stalin on to Mao on to Hitler, were not only intolerant towards gays, but exterminated many with extreme prejudice.

As I keep saying. “education” never means “smart”. Too bad these morons have no idea what reading is, books have plenty to offer.

But back to the topic on hand, this should serve as bullet proof answer to this week’s argument on HA if a Republican candidate has even a chance of taking GULAG.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Oh whoopee. I don’t like the New York Times, so I guess we’re even.

sadatoni on June 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

NYT bombshell: Some of Romney’s neighbors don’t like him much

…the unbiased NYT sycophants doing their job again!
Where is the article about JugEars neighbors… excitedly looking forward to him and Mooch coming home?
.
.
.
…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

LMAO! This is the same area where they’ll crucify you for SMOKING cigarettes on the beach, but like up a joint and you’re good to go.

GarandFan on June 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

A couple of my neighbors don’t like me either . . . so freaking what?

rplat on June 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

In conclusion, Americans move Romney to Penn Ave., move Obama to La Jolla. Then La Jolla opens a dozen or so medical marijuana dispensaries. Everyone is happy.

sdbatboy on June 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

just about everyone I know in La Jolla are pretty conservative…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

..but then again, you’ve been gone for few years, haven’t you?

When I had a few beers with the LCR, he told me the area below Oceanside was lib heaven.

The War Planner on June 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Even the La Jolla Libs are sick of the stench coming from 1400 Pennsylvania Ave.

VastRightWingConspirator on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

..also the stench coming from their neighbors a couple of blocks up the road at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as well.

The War Planner on June 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

LMAO! This is the same area where they’ll crucify you for SMOKING cigarettes on the beach, but like up a joint and you’re good to go.

GarandFan on June 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Yep, just hilarious! While I am against legalizing pot, for reasons different than “just “drug” alone, I really wish they would. Once GULAG realizes they can tax pot to subsidize their annual budget shortfalls in same way they do now with tobacco tax, these pot heads will really start to understand what “vice” taxes really mean. Wonder just how long it will take these morons to question their political beliefs.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

VastRightWingConspirator

Lucky boy to live in La Jolla.
George’s by the Cove is one of my favorite places to have a beer.
Cheers.

Typicalwhitewoman on June 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

just about everyone I know in La Jolla are pretty conservative…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I travelled SoCal extensively on business the past few years. The change is disheartening, trust me. Save for Central Valley (not Coast) and pockets North of Sacramento the state is nothing but rabid liberal.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I’m sure plenty of conservatives smoke weed. They just have enough sense not to do it on a public beach.

mike_NC9 on June 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.

..this is rich. As mentioned above, smoking and drinking are against the law on SD beaches:

Alcohol. Alcohol is prohibited at all times at all City of San Diego beaches and beach parks as well as State Beaches.

Smoking. Smoking is prohibited at all times at all City of San Diego beaches and beach parks as well as State Beaches.

..so, I guess Mittster was just just trying to help this kid from getting busted.

The War Planner on June 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

i didn’t see the beginning earlier this am on morning joe
just came in with mika ranting about it…..

makes sense now….

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Where’s in.the.middle to be outraged about this msm outrage.

CW on June 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

“all the political salience of a sack of dog leavings.”

HuffPo is hiring sane people now, or was that just some kind of common sense Tourettes?

Or…endtimes?

ConservativeLA on June 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Don’t be surprised to next see the NY Fishwrap send this same “reporter” to talk to Romney’s summer neighbors in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

That’s a pretty Leftist town as well. Lots of old Democrat Money there.

I’m sure he’ll print the stories about Romney and his sons rescuing boaters in distress on the Big Lake too.

/

Del Dolemonte on June 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I think the funniest quote is that they didn’t hire any interior decorators……

Bambi on June 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

In conclusion, Americans move Romney to Penn Ave., move Obama to La Jolla. Then La Jolla opens a dozen or so medical marijuana dispensaries. Everyone is happy.

sdbatboy on June 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

No blow tho?

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I think it would be pretty disappointing to buy a beach house thinking your grandchildren would have a wonderful time there and then find that it was polluted with potheads.

How do you allow even teenagers to roam a beach that is a haven for potheads and drunks?

These people think they are all for the environment, but their lifestyles make the world much more dangerous and make the environment inaccessible without chaperones.

petunia on June 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

FloatingRock on June 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Oddly, I took Hot Air off my favorites list because it was so hateful towards Romney.

I come back now and then to see if there is anything good happening here.

But you haters are still here stinking up the place.

petunia on June 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

No comment from Tom Friedman on Governor Romney’s house?

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Maybe if his summer house was in China, it would have gotten some attention from Friedman :)…

jimver on June 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Oddly, I took Hot Air off my favorites list because it was so hateful towards Romney.

I come back now and then to see if there is anything good happening here.

But you haters are still here stinking up the place.

petunia on June 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Glad to have you back. You were always a great commenter.

Don’t let those idiotic, Obama-supporting Romney-bashers keep you away. They are pathetic losers.

bluegill on June 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

This article is great.

If this is the best dirt the NYT and other media can dig up, this election might actually (GASP!) be about issues and not about sex scandals or hollywood style drama. No distractions, just facts.

Bring it.

Flashwing on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I travelled SoCal extensively on business the past few years. The change is disheartening, trust me. Save for Central Valley (not Coast) and pockets North of Sacramento the state is nothing but rabid liberal.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

That’s a bunch of baloney. You obviously didn’t travel many places.

Orange County, much of San Diego County, Riverside, San Bernadino and Ventura Counties are hardly liberal.

There are just more people in Los Angeles County, offsetting the Republicans elsewhere.

bluegill on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuana and drank on the beach

So the guy lives in a ritzy neighborhood but just had to smoke and drink out in public? This is why I favor decriminalization over legalization, at least in the short term. We don’t need to jail people who indulge from time to time, but we don’t need this either.

Esthier on June 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Are NYT operators also picking through Romney’s weekly trash?

Has the NYT rented a nearby home to keep Romney’s house under 24 hr surveillance?

Enquiring minds want to know.

One more thing. By chance is one of the neighbors who doesn’t like Romney named Gladys Kravitz?

farsighted on June 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I travelled SoCal extensively on business the past few years. The change is disheartening, trust me. Save for Central Valley (not Coast) and pockets North of Sacramento the state is nothing but rabid liberal.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

That’s a bunch of baloney. You obviously didn’t travel many places.

Orange County, much of San Diego County, Riverside, San Bernadino and Ventura Counties are hardly liberal.

There are just more people in Los Angeles County, offsetting the Republicans elsewhere.

bluegill on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Also Sutter, Placer, Butte, Yuba, Colusa, all N of Sac…There a lot of con pockets in san jose and sillicon alley area too, especially made up of high tech immigrants from countries where they experienced different formsof socialisms, totalitarianism, etc, and don’t want to see that transplanted over here….I live in a suburb of Sacramento that is 85% conservative…Also Riverside and Kern counties in the South are v conservative…Kern borders Los Angeles county, Edwards AFB is located there and and there’s a large community of people with connection to the aerospace industry who lives there….Lokheed Martin has a big plant there too…actually the plant is in Palmdale which technically is in Los Angeles county, but stillmit’s a very conservative town in los angeles county, same like lancaster…

jimver on June 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

POCKETS.

Repeat this as many times as you understand YOUR OWN point.

Been delaing with my customer base since 2004, up and down the state. Save for Central Valley and North of Sac (JUST AS I ALREADY STATED ABOVE) pockets is all there is. OC and San Diego included these days. Sadly.

Anyway…

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Are NYT operators also picking through Romney’s weekly trash?

Has the NYT rented a nearby home to keep Romney’s house under 24 hr surveillance?

Enquiring minds want to know.

One more thing. By chance is one of the neighbors who doesn’t like Romney named Gladys Kravitz?

farsighted on June 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Reminiscent of that creepy dude ahem ‘writer’ who took residence next to the palins’s ‘ property and went through their trash when he was’t peeping through their fence…such tactics are creepy and disgusting…I can’t stand Scarborough, he’s a disgraceful little weasel and a faux con, but am glad he called NYT on their pathetic, tabloid trash tactics…

jimver on June 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I travelled SoCal extensively on business the past few years. The change is disheartening, trust me. Save for Central Valley (not Coast) and pockets North of Sacramento the state is nothing but rabid liberal.

Not exactly true. I live in the Inland Empire, just North of San Diego County and we are as red as red can be. McCain took this area and Issa is our Congresscritter. I am about 50 miles North of the city of San Diego.

I lived and worked in San Diego for almost 30 years and never knew a democrat. Out here, they are few and far apart.

If I had my grandchildren visiting, I’d be telling pot smokers and alcohol drinkers to move along too. But I don’t know why the marijuana contingent would feel any more inclined to vote for Obama. It is his Justice Dept. who is wielding an iron hand and closing down dispensaries all over the state by threatening landlords that they’ll confiscate the property if they don’t evict the dispensaries.

Romney is certainly not pro-smoking of any kind, but he is a state’s rights person and when a state votes to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, the feds should stay out, or at least keep their promise to stay hands off. A promise Obama made and now breaks big time.

A friend up in Redding, Shasta County, another very red area, told me that the citizens banded together and literally blocked the feds when they came to shut down some of their dispensaries.

Pal2Pal on June 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Pal2pal

Yep, Shasta is red too, I forgot that one…also Chico (Butte county) is a very conservative area…

jimver on June 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM

That is easy to counter. Apparently Tony Rezko really, REALLY liked Obama. So did William Ayers – a guy from his neighborhood.

mouell on June 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

That is easy to counter. Apparently Tony Rezko really, REALLY liked Obama. So did William Ayers – a guy from his neighborhood.

mouell on June 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Most likely Jeremiah Wright and/or some of his “God damn America” cheering flock were neighbors. I bet they liked Obama, too.

farsighted on June 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Yep, just hilarious! While I am against legalizing pot, for reasons different than “just “drug” alone, I really wish they would. Once GULAG realizes they can tax pot to subsidize their annual budget shortfalls in same way they do now with tobacco tax, these pot heads will really start to understand what “vice” taxes really mean. Wonder just how long it will take these morons to question their political beliefs.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Oh the stoners know. There was a sizable contingent of them in California campaigning against prop 19 in 2010.

Quantus on June 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Full disclosure here. I smoked a joint and drank beer at Black’s Beach (below Torrey Pines) back in the eighties…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Really needed a laugh tonite and you guys gave it to me. Add to the list that the NYT may also be checking how much sugar Mitt likes on his oatmeal and toilet paper consumption, tho they will probably average the numbers. And just think I used to read that crappy rag way back when. Pffssst!

AReadyRepub on June 8, 2012 at 1:17 AM

POCKETS.

Repeat this as many times as you understand YOUR OWN point.

Been delaing with my customer base since 2004, up and down the state. Save for Central Valley and North of Sac (JUST AS I ALREADY STATED ABOVE) pockets is all there is. OC and San Diego included these days. Sadly.

riddick on June 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Sorry, Riddick, but you’re wrong again. You don’t seem to have learned much in your supposed interactions with a few customers.

Millions of conservative Republicans in places like south Orange County, San Diego County (guess where Daryl Issa is from) and Riverside, etc. do not count as mere pockets. Did you know that Orange County (a tiny county geographically) has more people in it than all but 17 states? Much of California, including the central valley (which feels like middle America) and the upper middle class, suburban cities outside SD and LA, is conservative. The issue is that there are just SO many Democrats in tremendously-populated places like Los Angeles County that it offsets the huge numbers of conservatives elsewhere. California is a big place, and it could very easily be three separate states.

Riddick, you show your abject ignorance by referring to it as rabidly liberal. Is the US a rabidly liberal country for electing Obama? Of course not.

You should listen to what JimVer is saying.

bluegill on June 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM

mr. president at least has people who know and have an opinion about him from his private life, the manchurean bowling pin from “somewhere” doesn’t have anybody who remembers him from any time in his life! and really guys, do you really want a president who doesn’t have ANY old girlfriends?

tm11999 on June 8, 2012 at 7:40 AM

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