On Morning Joe today, Time's Mark Halperin took the New York Times to task for its controversial look at neighbors who dislike Mitt Romney.
"I love the paper, we think it's one of the best papers in the world, probably the best, and they do tons of great work.
I am amazed that after what they did four years ago, where they made just these kinds of choices regarding the McCain's and the Obama's -- particularly.... front page stories about Michele Obama and about Cindy McCain that couldn't have been more different -- I am amazed that not just the public editor but the editors are doing this big, symbolic thing again."
I agree. The first few paragraphs of the story were petty and trivial.
ON Dunemere Drive, it seems as if just about everyone has a gripe against the owners of No. 311.
The elderly woman next door complains that her car is constantly boxed into her driveway. A few houses over, a gay couple grumbles that their beloved ocean views are in jeopardy.
And down the street, a widow grouses that her children’s favorite dog-walking route has been disrupted.
Bellyaching over the arrival of an irritating new neighbor is a suburban cliché, as elemental to the life on America’s Wisteria Lanes as fastidiously edged lawns and Sunday afternoon barbecues.
But here in La Jolla, a wealthy coast-hugging enclave of San Diego, the ordinary resident at the end of the block is no ordinary neighbor.
He is Mitt Romney.
I updated this post.