Romney’s Vigilance Against Nonconformity

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 7 2012 @ 12:15pm

I have to say that most of my sympathy in this hilarious and petty piece in the NYT "Home" section is with the Romneys. But if you think he is a live-and-let-live fellow, you should remember his compulsion for order in his Cranbrook days. People don't change that much:

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."