By Peter Hecht
On a recent Friday afternoon in Costa Mesa, Calif., Dana Rohrabacher picks up his guitar and begins strumming the chords to his personal anthem.
“This is one I wrote. It’s called ‘Individual Man,’” he says. The simple tune is hardly Dylan-esque. But it is pure Rohrabacher. It is true to the conservative surfer-Congressman, and to the hardline anti-communist who became a freedom-trumpeting hero of the legal cannabis movement.
The spicy aroma of his homemade curry stew wafts in from the kitchen of his modernized 1950s-era California rambler. It’s a typical Friday on a regular weekend return from Washington, D.C. Family, kids, friends and political supporters roll in and out of the house. And Rohrabacher, 70, holds the stage as always.
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