Newport Beach, Calif., a wealthy community nestled between Los Angeles and San Clemente, has long been a kind of Republican stronghold-by-the-sea. Shortly after Richard Nixon moved into the White House, Newport Police Chief James Glavas telephoned a resident knowledgeable in G.O.P. affairs:
Chief: Who the hell is Herb Kalmbach?
Resident: He is a lawyer in Newport Beach.
Chief: I know that, but is he anyone to be talking for the President?
Resident: Did he call you about negotiations for the San Clemente house?
Resident: And did he talk about arranging security and that kind of...