IMPORTANT ISSUES OF THE DAY  1:11 pm March 27, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Modest ‘Manse’ Now Has a Car Elevator, Lobbyist

by Liz Colville

so many friends to play with

Mitt Romney’s small cottage in La Jolla is in the process of renovation, and the aggrandizing of this piece of real estate is such an important issue for the future of this nation that there is actually a guy assigned to lobby the house to the San Diego government. How do you lobby a house? Perhaps this involves wearing a button with a picture of the house on it? Carrying a model version of the house to show all the government workers how lovely life can be when you start from, well, something, work hard and “earn” every phone call your father ever made to his friends? Anyway, also, the “manse,” as one Romney campaign person once called it, apparently thinking “manse” is a prissy way of saying “very small castle,” (manse: a large stately house; a mansion, for any teens reading), will also have a car elevator, because many of Romney’s friends are elevator company owners, and his only real friends are cars.

The chateau shall be 11,000 square feet. Its basement alone, which is delicately referred to as its “non-living area,” shall be bigger than the original house was (3,000 square feet). WHAT WILL HAPPEN DOWN THERE? We are sorry if this leads to you imagining Mitt Romney sweaty or having fun, but it’s probably for an ice skating rink, olympic-size pool, gym and garage for 93,894 cars. Recall L.A. Dodgers owner Jamie McCourt’s house(seseses). They are kind of the same, these two. Here’s the thing: ramps? What is so wrong with a ramp? True, Batman would never have a ramp.

Anyway, this guy, Matthew Peterson, has been employed by Romney in the position of Castle Lobbyist since 2008, and part of the reason is things like car elevators, and disturbing the peace, and forklifts and possibly moat-building and a full-scale replica of the gardens at Versailles. Peterson’s job is to politely harass four government people: “the project manager responsible for the planned construction, an assistant city attorney and two engineers.” Some people claim this is all quite “normal,” when you are doing a renovation of this scale. See, any time you have a lot of money, you get to waste the government’s time and resources with your personal problems and aspirations. It’s the American Dream. Romney is living it. What are you doing?

And what is “this scale,” you ask? Why, here is a baseball field, speaking of baseball, which is a mere 8,100 square feet, so:

for scale, your house is the pitcher's mound

[Think Progress]

 
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Mumbletypeg March 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

And to think all this time I saw tanning beds in the governor's mansion as "exotic."

Terry March 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

They are in Juneau.

Tundra Grifter March 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Like the Arabian Room at Graceland? That's pretty exotic.

e_z March 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Will the car elevator have a Vespa to operate it?

starfanglednut March 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Nah, they'll use a blah guy.

coolhandnuke March 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Finally a new music genre I can dig on– Car Elevator Music.

HelmutNewton March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

It's the hot new thing among the 1%: lobbyists for everything. Lobbyists for your house(es), for your car(s), for your yacht(s), for your mistress(es), for your pet(s)…..Ooops! Mittens didn't splurge for the dog lobbyist, but still, you get the idea.

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Dog Lobbyist shit the bed. er, car roof.

Maman March 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Who needs 3,000 square feet of "non-living" space? What are planning to do with that space? Hatch new Mormons? Hide the Angel Moroni's golden plates?

weej_bain March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

It's where they keep the Soylent Green still.

dubyatf March 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Well, it seems pretty obvious, doesn't it? It's where he and his Mormon pals will baptize the non-living.

Callyson March 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Maybe it's where the 'bots will be constructed.

Lascauxcaveman March 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I thought Romney was a former Bain Capital man?

How hard could it be to execute a hostile takeover of a small company like the La Jolla City Council? He could do it on his lunch break. That'd get him all the zoning variances he'd need. He could even re-write local taxation ordinances to get everyone else to pay for it.

Mitt, when are you going to start acting like you belong in the 1%?

Geminisunmars March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

He is probably way ahead of you. This aforementioned *Lobbyist* is just there to call in the orders.

GunToting[Redacted] March 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Have you ever been to La Jolla? Mitt is in the 99% in that zip code.

Jukesgrrl March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Yeah, but they think of their houses as beach shacks.

Negropolis March 28, 2012 at 2:15 am

La Jolla is actually a neighborhood within the City of San Diego, but you'd never know it as independent as the place thinks it is.

BaldarTFlagass March 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

How do you lobby a house? Take it out to a Home Depot or Lowe's and buy it a drink and a paint job.

weej_bain March 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

But don't scream "carte verde por favor" as you drive by the entrepreneurs standing near the drive.

bagofmice March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Romney may not want to flip-flop while the cars are on the elevator.

ChernobylSoup March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Those tractor beam permits are a bitch to get through the zoning commission.

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

That's no manse…. It's a space station!

BaldarTFlagass March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless.

Exhausted66 March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

"How do you lobby a house?"

If I remember correctly, you roll up the plans, stick 'em in a tube and hope Greg Brady doesn't let 'em slide out of the tube while he's biking across town.

RadioStalingrad March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The car elevator doubles as a kennel.

weej_bain March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Mittens hit this one out of the park.

Mumbletypeg March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

It's like McCain with his "I don't know how many" mansions. The wonk headline applies here as well: build 'em "Just For Something To Do" [implied: With More Money Than You Know How To Handle.]

MadBrahms March 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

This is also one of Mitt'sthree homes, not including a humble ski cottage in Park City, UT that he's selling for a bargain 5.25 million.

"I've always felt connected to blue collar workers, to masons and carpenters and construction workers. I've hired thousands of them."

dyedwool March 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Seamus the Dog is gonna have a BLAST going up and down on the car elevator all the live long day.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Romney has the public relations instincts of Marie Antoinnette.

anniegetyerfun March 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

YES. Seriously, I was just thinking that Dubya probably had/has as much money as Romney, but either Dubya had less conspicuous ways of spending it, or the fact that his face was so inbred-looking (and that he couldn't really string together more than a few words at a time), made people forget that he was such a blue blood. Mitt, though, just SMELLS rich.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Actually, Dubya wasn't all that well off, I think he managed to grift about $10 or $15 million from the owners of the Rangers, that was the bribe for using his influence to get the stadium built, and that was pretty much all he had before he became governor. He probably had a trust, too, but nothing huge. He truly was the idiot loser of the family.

CivicHoliday March 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

He'll only be taken seriously when he has to clear the brush away from his mansion and pick up his own dog's shit. But since he has "people" for that, he will never be taken seriously by the vast majority of voters. Yay!

Terry March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

…but none of her style or joie de vivre

Jerri March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The Aristocrats!

Wait….

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

This is truly a sick joke. But when does Seamus poop on Mitt's chest?

mavenmaven March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hiring maids and waiters- Job Creator!

bumfug March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Back in the '80s Jay Leno had a beautiful house in the Hollywood Hills and one day he said he was in the middle of moving. I asked why he'd leave that house and he said it was because he'd found a place in Beverly Hills with a 2-story garage and a car elevator. All I could think was, damn I'd like to have that kind of dough.

Terry March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Arguably, Leno worked harder to earn his money than did Romney.

bumfug March 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

He definitely worked his butt off – he was legendary for doing over 300 shows a year, all over the country, mostly one-nighters. It's fashionable to put him down nowadays as some sort of hack but the reality is he was one of the best club comics in the country, had great material and a terrific rapport with the crowds. He earned everything he got.

Negropolis March 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

To this day, I hear, he does stand-up on the weekends.

That said, his stage stuff is still far safer than Dave's, and I will never forgive him for what he did to Conan. That's when I gave up on the guy, forever. His work ethic can not be matched, but neither can he greed and gracelessness, it seems.

elgin_pelican March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

"I like Jay Leno's house. The garage is just the right height."

anniegetyerfun March 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Well, to be fair, it is difficult to drive two Cadillacs up the stairs at the same time.

sewollef March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Car elevators? Ha!…. in my day we were lucky to drive a late-model, mid-size sedan and park it on the street.

Except for Monday's when it was alternate side parking — damn you New York.

Who does this Romney chap think he is, eh?

Mumbletypeg March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

The crustards at Joseph Smith Inc. must've left cut that bit about Tower of Babel out of the Mormon Old Testament.

FakaktaSouth March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Man they are so rich AND Mormon – sounds like they have an extra Republican-style wife – what the hell DOES Ann do?? She should be incredibly good at lobbying for bigger houses, more cars, and saying things to working folks like, look I know HE's an asshole, but how much money will it take to get our way? I think I've figured out what Callista's gonna do after she recovers from her impending cancer/divorce.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Rich Mormon, what a fucking waste that is. Whats the use of being rich if not for the gold-diggers/hookers and blow?

FakaktaSouth March 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What about all the fancy panties, champagne and for god's sake Excedrin perfection for the hangovers these people are missing out on? I just don't understand it. Their kinks must be amaaaaaaazing. Or horribly boring?

SorosBot March 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Well that magic underwear does seem pretty kinky.

FakaktaSouth March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

If you have an Amish or linen fetish I suppose.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I'm trying not to think about it, as J. Geils said.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

BTW, here is my favorite mormon joke; there is a saying up in the Mormon-infested areas, "Never take just one Mormon hunting (or camping) with you. He'll drink all your beer." (If you take two, neither will drink, you see, being afraid of being told on).

JohnyEdge March 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Here in Texas we have the same joke–but it's about Baptists.

Negropolis March 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

Ann's the daughter of money, too. Her father was even a mayor here in Michigan for a time. She was also first a Congregationalist as a child, and then an Episcopalian. I hear that her parents couldn't even attend her wedding because it was a Mormon ceremony.

Canmon March 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Obama's house is 55,000 square feet, and he beat an old man to get it.

MissTaken March 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

OMIGOD! I heard that Obama lives in a house that was built by SLAVES!

anniegetyerfun March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

That's because he wants to bring slavery back to America. I read it on Red State.

SorosBot March 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

And my local libertarian douchebag told me we have slavery in America, because we have to pay taxes, which are apparently the exact same thing.

Mahousu March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

It's even worse, actually – slaves didn't have to pay taxes. Lucky ducks!

GOPCrusher March 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Obama's Plan=White Slavery

I read it on a Tea Bagger's sign.

MissTaken March 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I hate it when I just get my Cadillac #1 in the car elevator and then Cadillac #2 drives right up and pushes the button right before the elevator door closes. Ugh, so frustrating!

sewollef March 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I hate it when the car elevator is on the 10th floor when you arrive and it stops at every floor on the way down, when you're desperate to pee and wash your hands from all that grime and fraternizing with the plebs outside of your parking tower.

I hate that.

savethispatient March 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Is Romney a secret Presbyterian? I thought a Manse is a Scots term for where the Minister of the Kirk lives. Is the Mormonism thing just a cover?!

PubOption March 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

As far as I know that is the only meaning of 'manse'.

Wile E. Quixote March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

Romney is open to converting to Presbyterianism and/or Scientology if it will help his poll numbers.

RadioStalingrad March 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Manse are people, my friend.

MissTaken March 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I keep reading 'manse' as 'menses' and getting an entirely different image in my mind.

slithytoves March 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I may not have one, but I still get the other.

dubyatf March 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Have a (fat and) happy period.

Steverino247 March 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Menses was Pharoah after Ramesses II, wasn't he?

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Never trust a manse basement that bleeds for 3,000 sq ft. and doesn't die.

LiveToServeYa March 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Holy dipshit, Mittman! Quick, to the Mormobile!

edgydrifter March 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

His dog carriers will have a separate garage and elevator, connected to the primary climate-controlled auto condo and day spa structure by monorail, naturally.

OneYieldRegular March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

"See, my friends, I'm remodeling our little house on a scale fundamental to the American way of life, on baseball itself. We will also be installing hot dog and Mom's apple pie vending machines in the non-living area, and will be buying a fleet of Chevrolets for the garage. And some dare to accuse of us of not respecting the American dream! Show me another candidate with such commitment to the things that have made our country great."

Goonemeritus March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

If I was his spouse I would want at least that kind of square footage to hide in. I would also demand a fainting room and walk in liquor cabinet. Add in Mitt’s requirements to house the catalog of his political positions over time and 10,000 sqft might be a little cramped

Hera Sent Me March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

3000 square feet of "non-living space"?

So that's where those golden plates Joseph Smith found are going to wind up.

And there will still be enough room to park one of Xenu's DC-8 spaceships.

LettucePrey March 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

How many dog carriers can be strapped to this manse's roof?

slithytoves March 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The chateau shall be 11,000 square feet. Its basement alone, which is delicately referred to as its “non-living area,” shall be bigger than the original house was (3,000 square feet).

The chateau I am currently in the process of buying has 1,100 square feet and the basement will be reserved for laundry, treadmill, an old set of golf clubs, and a litterbox. I am so fucking excited! I've made it people!

widestanceromance March 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Out-of-touch elitist!

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Uh, the litterbox goes on the roof.

WiscDad March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

The “non-living area”? Is that where the robot army is housed?

GunToting[Redacted] March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Zombie accommodations.

Fare la Volpe March 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Some of Mitt's best friends are vampires.

GunToting[Redacted] March 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Vampires are people, too, my friend!

Baconzgood March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Unrelated to this post

I took off on Friday to spend some time beating my kids (they know what they did!) and they fired Department Director Dale. Since Baconz was off the same day that Department Director Dale was let loose everyone thinks that I know somthing that they don't. I've been telling whoever asks somthing different. "Some thing about hanging around elementary schools too much", "Embezzlement", "remember my intern….well there is a sexual harassment suit pending against him and he took an extended sabbatical". I sure hope they don't want me to take over his position. I wouldn't have time to snark.

Barb March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I got a position for ya!

Baconzgood March 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Does it involve a cock in my mouth. Because apparently that's what I have to do NOT to have his job. It's way too much work for less pay.

Barb March 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

By the way, if you beat your children I hope you did as everyone else does and take them to WalMart to do it.

Man0nTheStreet March 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

When your soon-to-be-underlings in the department gingerly, obliquely ask you what you know about the purging/"disappearing" of Official NonPerson "Dale", just flash them a sinister Cheney-grin and tell them only that your Security Clearance is significantly higher now…

fuflans March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

i for one will miss department director dale.

if only the for the alliteration and snark.

anniegetyerfun March 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Well, Batman might not have had a ramp, but Ironman did. Ironman was arguably a better inventor.

JackDempsey1 March 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

meh—–
I'd rather live at Target Field.
The food is better, it's got an acceptable big screen, and Kirby Puckett is buried under 2nd base. And the sister wives can get plenty of fresh air.

Weallscream March 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Yeah, and you can get a drink there. I doubt that there will be anything available at the Mittmansion.

HempDogbane March 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Don't forget the bike trail ! Nick Punto sold separately.

Jerri March 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

See, extreme conservative base? Romney's just like you! The only difference is his car elevator is an actual car elevator, where as yours is a set of cinderblocks on your brown lawn. He is relatable!

ManchuCandidate March 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

And he's buying a car-lift to hea-vennnnnnn!!

SorosBot March 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

So wait, Mittens is building a giant underground lair beneath his mansion? OK, I think if he loses he's planning on switching his career to be a full-time supervillan. Is the castle going to have a moat patrolled by sharks with laser beams on their heads too?

OurDailyBread March 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

He would be a lame supervillain too also. He would call himself Dr. Drone.

Man0nTheStreet March 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Villain? – With his oblivious yet genial demeanor and his bland yet tolerable good looks, Rmoney is a shoo-in to become Powdered Toast Man!

SheriffJoeBiden March 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My first instinct was: "Dumb Mittens, this makes you look like an ass." But then my cynicism kicked in and I realized he's just going to "successfully" respond to any questions about this with the same old "I am a successful man, since when does America hate success grumble sneer" routine and proceed to lose the election for myriad other reasons.

sbj1964 March 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Mitt Wilard Romeney in the words of Mel Brooks"It's good to be the King". Even if it's the King of Flip floppers.

Man0nTheStreet March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Which wing contains Rmoney's Red-phone Hot-line to Kolob? He's gonna need guidance to fulfill the White Horse prophecy once he becomes President!

LiberalMantra March 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Am sure his re-baptized "supporters" will give him the signatures/ballots needed for representing Mittneyworld.

bikerlaureate March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Liz, I have to think all of the libtard teen readers appreciate the helpful definitions. Keep up the good America-hating work.

Doktor StrangeZoom March 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I like this fun new meme (meme: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture)

MadBrahms March 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I too appreciate that (P?)SAT words like "manse" are now defined for us, but where was our word count? How is a busy teen to know if they can fit reading your articles in to their schedule of constant sinning and Glee watching? (Sinning: acts which contravene God's plan for us, like talking to liberals or holding hands before marriage)

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Needz moar wordcount (wordcount: because a thousand words might be a deal-breaker).

Spurning Beer March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

So Mr. Mansy-Pants has a car elevator in his renovated California Crib. BFD.

The General Lee could reach the second story with just a dirt ramp 50 yards away, and it had a Confederate Flag painted on top.

Man0nTheStreet March 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

But th' Gen'ral Lee ain't votin' for no Yankee Mormon!

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

YEEEHAWWWW! *SHPEEOOO! SHPEEOO! is what it sounds like when I shoot my imaginary six shooters into the air*

Chet Kincaid March 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

The 3,000 sq.ft. of non-living space is for Mitt to upgrade his crystal meth manufacturing facilities. What, you bought that he made his billions off bankrupting old pencil factories?! Come on! This whole Mormon-politician-perpetually-running-for-office thing is the perfect cover if you want to move mega-weight. What did you think the family was doing with its Mexican connections, importing poblano peppers? (That's just one of his "legitimate" shell companies.) This is why nobody has ever actually seen or met "Oppenheimer."

George Spelvin March 28, 2012 at 12:07 am

J. Robert libel.

seppdecker March 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Given the Romneys status as Robot-Americans, isn't the entire manse a "non-living area?"

Terry March 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

" Its basement alone, which is delicately referred to as its “non-living area,” shall be bigger than the original house was (3,000 square feet). WHAT WILL HAPPEN DOWN THERE?"

Baptisms for long deceased Jewish people?

GeorgiaBurning March 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

conversations with salamanders

BlueStateLibel March 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Research for the new MittBott 5000?

coolhandnuke March 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

"Singing bye bye Mitts American Pie drove his Chevy to his elevator but his elevator died."

LiveToServeYa March 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

By the way, I think "chat-eau" translates as "cat's water".

Fukui-sanYesOta March 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Depending on the gender of the noun "chat", it could be loosely translated as "pussy juice"

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Mee-OWW!

MissTaken March 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

50 bucks for a pic of Newt, $100,000 motorhome for a dog, and car elevators. It's officially Richie Bitchie Douchie Day on Wonkette!

SorosBot March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Well I guess it's better than another "all your ovaries are our property" day. No if only I could siphon off some of those riches.

MissTaken March 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Do you ever get deja vu?

Steverino247 March 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

No. I wore a condom the last time I saw my French psychic…

SorosBot March 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

And I only hit submit once! Don't know how the fuck that happened.

rickmaci March 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Car elevator? WTF are they doing, driving to the second floor bathroom?

BarackMyWorld March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Its like he realizes he is going to lose and is building his dream White House out of spite.

Guppy March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Why, here is a baseball field, speaking of baseball, which is a mere 8,100 square feet, so

8100 ft^2 = (90 ft)^2 = that's just the area of the diamond.

Mayhap you're overexaggerating a bit with that picture?

BigSkullF*ckingDog March 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you. I didn't want to be the only one to point that out.

prommie March 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Orders of magnitude off.

docterry6973 March 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

So?!

Anyway, you can fit a whole lot of La-Z-Boys in an infield.

Nostrildamus March 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Can you put those numbers in a pie chart please?

randcoolcatdaddy March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

"Excuse me, but is this your floor? And, by the way, do you have any Grey Poupon?"

Callyson March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Romney hired San Diego attorney and registered lobbyist Matthew Peterson, paying him $21,500 since 2008.
That's pretty cheap for the person who thinks $300K is "not very much money."

DaRooster March 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

"The elevators hold the right number of cars here."

Jus_Wonderin March 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Okay. I have misplaced my ticket and I neglected to make note of what level I parked on. And the sun is setting. And I only have a KitKat bar in my coat pocket.

sewollef March 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Metallic silver Cadillac Escodido LTD, with those super-cool, fluorescent blue running lights, right?

I remember exactly where you were parked.

You're in the Itchy lot. Turn sharp right when you reach Scratchy, third row across, 10th down, and you're there.

You're welcome!

Jus_Wonderin March 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thank you sooo much. Were the keys in it, by any chance?

LagunaB March 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

The thing is, there are cliffs all along the beaches/ coves in La Jolla, except for Boomer Beach and *no one* lives there. Just good for body surfing. And the cliffs aren't real stable, which is why there are so many building codes. Also, too, prop 13. But hey, Mittens, you want to build there, go for it. Don't be surprised if it slides into the sea one rainy winter.

mrblifil March 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Still not sufficient compensation for a tiny penis.

Man0nTheStreet March 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That's why one multiplies it by many, many wives…

prommie March 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

So Mr. Fancy-pants has a manse, huh? Well fuck him, I have a goddam demesne, and I took title with livery of motherfucking seisin, and all the fucking rights thereunto appurtaining, fuck yah, beeyotches.

hagajim March 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Who cares. I know this may be off topic, but I'm pretty certain (as I believe we all were) that SCOTUS is going to gun down the health care law….hopefully Mittens, Santorum and every other GOP fuck, get sick, lose their health insurance and die….the end.

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

You can't kill the rich. They're like cockroaches. Just look at Cheney.

kissawookiee March 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

the 3,000 sq ft non-living area is the traditional Romney add-on that lets family members register to vote in states other than the ones they live in, because they just love democracy that much.

Aridzona March 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

The only "non-living space" is between Mitt's ears.

slowhansolo March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

He's like Hearst without the people skills.

BlueStateLibel March 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Let them eat car elevators.

Smitros March 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Non-living large is apparently the best revenge.

For what I have no idea.

Sharkey March 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

If I had a manse, I'd name it Marilyn.

DahBoner March 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

La Jolla

I thought R-Money lived in La Joda…

sezme March 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Cars are people too, my friend!

V572 Hogan Gidley March 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I walk by Mitt's McMansion every Saturday and Sunday, and sure enough last weekend they prohibited parking for a coupla blocks in all directions, and there were rented mo-homes and sinister black SUVs all around. In fact one of the rented mo-homes got "burglarized" when Mittens' minions ventured into scary downtown San Diego to go out for dinner.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/26/romney

La Jolla residents are famously contentious and litigious about infinitesimal property line disputes. The local planning review board loves to tinker with everybody's designs, right down to fenestration and color, and the scale of Mittens' project will also require lengthy review by the CA Coastal Commission, a bunch of state-appointed hippies and surfers charged with preventing exactly this sort of abuse. So it's not surprising he's lined up legal and lobbying support.

Here's the house on Zillow:
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/311-Dunemere-Dr

And here it is on the Googly-maps:
http://g.co/maps/6yunw

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Est. Mortgage: $32,847/mo. w/ 20% of $8.75m down

Let me just check my wallet *farts and moths fly out* Uh, do you accept IOUs?

QwertyToo March 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

3000 square feet of “non-living area”?

Looks like we know where Mitt is going to hide his kiddie porn dungeon.

Eve8Apples March 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

And yet Ann Romney claims she isn't rich.

Jukesgrrl March 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

No, she doesn't FEEL rich. That's how enormous her belief in her own inadequacy is. Cindy McCain, on the other hand, hasn't felt inadequate since she was named Rodeo Queen of Arizona in 1968.

owhatever March 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Timing might have been better on the car elevator thing, but a good vulture capitalist does what the hell he wants.

barto March 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hope there's clearance in the elevator for the doggie carrier – that would be truly tragic…

meatpuppet2 March 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

He requested extra clearance for the dog cage strapped to the top.

I'm here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress.

Designer_Rants March 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Does anyone wonder how practical a basement is 200 feet from the ocean? I suppose this that's where the "2 engineers" come in. They're gonna make that baby fly! (or walk like an AT-AT).

ttommyunger March 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Big House, little dick; there, I said it and I'm glad!

George Spelvin March 28, 2012 at 12:04 am

(1) A basement for a La Jolla beach house?

(2) A nit, Liz, but 8,100 square feet would be about the size of the infield. (You knew that already, I'm sure).

Geminisunmars March 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Why should they be exempt?

Generation[redacted] March 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

They were not part of the 53%, obvs.

snackypants March 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

They were part of the 3/5%, however.

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