So much for Mitt Romney being an out of touch patrician…
It is tough to deal with stereotypes. One about Romney is that he is stiff with people. A new one is that he is being “rude’’ with some voters. An old one is that he is the rich guy in the race.
He may be making progress on the stiffness. And the times I have seen him deal with hecklers, he has been pleasant, but persistent. He makes no bones about making a lot of money in the private sector.
Still, I asked him, why give the media and political foes raw meat right now by filing for permits to tear down a La Jolla, Calif., beach house and quadruple its size? That was the wire story we had run the day before, and it was all over the Internet.
It’s not accurate, Romney said, simply. The application he made, two years ago, was to double the living space by turning one story into two. The “quadrupling’’ was a measurement of added nonliving space, including a basement and garage.
Well that clears THAT up.