Is It Fair To Criticize Romney’s Home?

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice recently joined the chorus of voices speculating what Romney had planned in the huge underground complex being built underneath his lavish beachfront home in La Jolla, California. However, I have been asked whether it is fair to bring up such personal details in a political debate. What difference is it to us how Romney spends his wealth and how he lives?

I had to admit that this point has merit, but then Andrew Kaczynksi highlighted this 2004 video of Mitt Romney at the Republican Governors Association where Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) made fun of then-Presidential-candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for having a large home:

There’s a Senator from my state who wants to get elected President.
I don’t know why he would want to do that, because he would have to move into a smaller house.

I guess what is good for the “meshugas” is good for the “Michigander”, and Romney is just getting a taste of the sort of attacks he himself dished out in the past.

Fire away. (After all as Romney says he “likes being able to fire.”)

Mitt’s Man Cave, Bat Cave, or Underground Bunker? Your call.

In May 2008, Mitt Romney bought the fifth of his six homes for $12,000,000. This beachfront home at 311 Dunemere Drive in La Jolla, California features its own “sandy beach, a quiet cul-de-sac location, spacious oceanfront deck, numerous patio areas with manicured lawns and mature landscaping.”

The Wall Street Journal now reports that Romney up-grading his beach house, more than doubling its size giving him an additional 3,600 square feet of space underground.

Tony Crisafi, one of the project’s architects, declined to comment on Mr. Romney’s motivations but says that these days, most of his clients want to be discreet about the scale of their home, and one way to do that is “by pushing things underground.”

So what do you think Mitt is planning to build underground? His own “man cave”? A “bat cave” with hi-tech superhero equipment? An Olympic swimming pool? An underground bunker to use as a West Coast version of Camp David? Your guess is as good as mine!