So “Romniacs” do exist

posted at 7:57 pm on March 28, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In this prolonged presidential primary of ours, Mitt Romney has been more of a frontwalker than a frontrunner. Slowly but surely, he’s won over party elders, Tea Party darlings and pluralities of Republican voters in important primary states. As a result, he’s amassed a pretty formidable lead in the delegate count and has grown his national support from his feared ceiling of 25 percent, proving it a floor.

All along, he’s brought out passion in those who oppose him, but rarely brought out passion in those who support him. Truly, I thought Ann Coulter was alone in her fervent defense of him. I was wrong. Meet the Romniacs:

“I’m just so fired up, I can’t even sleep at night,” said Joe McCutchen, 72, a former carpet mill owner who writes a conservative newsletter in Ellijay, Ga. …

To show his devotion, McCutchen submitted to mockery from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” which came to film him at his house. But he’s always afraid somebody else is doing more, so when he meets other die-hard supporters, he subjects them to a little Romney-off.

“Do you wear stickers? ‘No.’ Do you answer the phone ‘Romney for president’? ‘No,’ ” McCutchen said. He does both, wearing a sticker on his lapel every day. So he always wins. “I’ve been told I’m his number-one supporter in the country.”

But even McCutchen has never named a child after Romney.

That happened in Orem, Utah, in 2008, while Romney was a contender in the previous GOP primary race. Jennifer Nielsen and her husband had joked that if their child arrived on Presidents’ Day they would name him after the candidate, whom they admired for his business experience.

He did. So they did.

“Little Mitt” is now 4, learning the ups and downs of his name: It’s cool that there’s a famous man on TV called “Mitt.” It’s bad that people often think his name is “Mitch.” Even in Utah, “they don’t think anybody would name their kid Mitt,” his mother said.

Two examples among … actually, not so many. But there are others. A 61-year-old woman in Arizona who writes poetry about Mitt. A 68-year-old man who has driven his truck, festooned with Romney stickers, to all but three of the early primary states. A 46-year-old business executive who volunteers as a DJ for Romney Radio, the brainchild of another Romniac.

It’s possible, then. Maybe, if Mitt Romney does in fact become the nominee, we’ll all wake up with Mitt mania. It’d be nice to be able to be this excited about any candidate.

Then again, if writing about politics has taught me anything, it’s to never put your faith in fallible men and women. Save your faith and all-consuming passion for something more transcendent!


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Still funny though!

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

; )

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Blow Hard! 2012!

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

: )

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

So “Bob Doleiacs” do exist?

SparkPlug on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Not for his political positions. Some of those early Viagra commercials he did back in the day, though…comedy gold.

You can say a lot of things about Bob Dole, but let it never be said that Bob Dole did not have a sense of humor and good comic timing. You know it, Bob Dole knows it, and the American people know it.

Anyway, when I first saw Bob Dole do a Viagra commercial, I had this persistent picture in my head of Bob Dole in a tank top and striped boxers–pitching a tent–chasing Elizabeth around the bed, all while still holding that pen in his paralyzed hand and trying to talk dirty in third person.

JimLennon on March 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Meanwhile, Cool Change, who just may be Todd Palin, turns the discussion to its idol at every opportunity. And it thinks ROMNEY is unelectable??? Meredith on March 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Todd Palin’s a nice guy with only a passing interest in politics. I’m sure he’s still peeved at having to pull in his fishing lines so he could go out and endorse Freddie Mac.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I’m proud to be a Romniac, but such your boast is not a Romniac sentiment. We not boastful. We are quietly confident.thuja on March 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Quite so. But I was thinking more of you than me.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

LOL!

Bmore on March 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Romniac, rhymes with insomniac.

Zzzzzzzzz…

Steve Z on March 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Then again, if writing about politics has taught me anything, it’s to never put your faith in fallible men and women. Save your faith and all-consuming passion for something more transcendent!

I have to laugh at this statement because I feel like this is a dig towards Romney supporters as if we don’t worship something more transcendent. Romniacs come from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds and are predominately people of faith.

Also, there are Paulbots, Gingrichbots and Santorumbots out there too and the above statement applies to them too.

Conservative Samizdat on March 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

what a waste of a post Tina… absolutely nothing of substance, nothing insightful, just a couple of anecdotes used to support a silly meme…

gatorboy on March 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

In other words, nothing really any different than what Tina’s been posting since she got here.

JFS61 on March 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

LMAO

Confirmed: Mittbots are freaks.

Norwegian on March 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I had wondered what became of Warren Jeffs’ wives.

KeninCT on March 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Credit where credit is due. That was pretty funny.

Nom de Boom on March 29, 2012 at 1:21 AM

No candidate for President in the last 200 years has Romney’s record of academic accomplishment

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Right, because Woodrow Wilson (you know, the only President to earn a PhD) turned out SO WELL… *rolleyes*

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

And yes, I’m saying that calling Mitt “the most qualified person to run for the Presidency in 200 years” is not exactly a sane declaration. tom on March 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Name one person who has a better cumulative record of academic accomplishment, private sector business success, volunteer executive excellence, public sector executive excellence and exemplary family history.

I’m waiting.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

You said he was “the most qualified person to run for the Presidency in 200 years.”

What does his academic record have to do with it? The most intellectual president we had was Woodrow Wilson. He was not a good president.

There’s no evidence that private business experience correlates to an effective president, so it’s pointless to cite that.

Volunteer executive experience is even less relevant.

And “exemplary family history?” Really?

His real qualification, as such, is his public executive experience as a one-term governor who left office with a 34% approval rating and knew better than to try for a second-term.

Mitt’s not even the most qualified person to run for president in the last 20 years. Huckabee had a much more successful record as governor, which is probably the most relevant experience for the presidency. That was in 2008.

George W. Bush was far more qualified as a successful governor of Texas who had no problem winning his reelection, and who also had an MBA and private business experience.

Clinton was a poor president, but was more qualified than Romney.

George H. W. Bush had a far better resume and more relevant experience than Mitt Romney.

I will grant you, though, that Romney had better qualifications than Eureka College graduate Ronald Reagan. Oops. Except that Reagan was a 2-term governor of California whose performance as governor was good enough to easily win re-election.

Maybe Romney was more qualified than Jimmy Carter, though. And if not, he still had better qualifications than Gerald Ford.

But the most qualified in 200 years? Not even close.

tom on March 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM

nparga23,csdeven,bluegill,petunia,sheryl,drballard,meredith & Jailbreak find a home.

portlandon on March 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Also known as Shrieking Hills State Mental Hospital.

Dack Thrombosis on March 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

*applause*

kim roy on March 29, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Does being a Romney supporter automatically make one a “nutball”?
Have we called other supporters names? NO.

bluealice on March 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

You must be new here.

kim roy on March 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Does being a Romney supporter automatically make one a “nutball”?
Have we called other supporters names? NO.

bluealice on March 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

You must be new here.

kim roy on March 29, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Did she really just say that?….. “have we called other supporters names? NO.”?

…..

UHm..

BlueAlice, I’m planning on voting for Romney in the fall after voting against him in the Ohio primary.. I’ve came across from the Santorum camp. I can also attest, there are no innocent victims here.. I was attacked by a couple of Romney voters everytime I posted, when I rarely addressed them at all. You get sick of being called crazy after the first time.

Since changing sides, I’ve sworn off using pet names to address anyone, and have had virually no one climb on me since. You’d be amazed how easy it is to get along with other posters when you grant them respect for thinking as they do..

They know I’m now supporting Romney, and while some have asked me to reconsider, no one attacked me for it.

Just stopped calling anyone anything but a supporter or voter,

mark81150 on March 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM

has never named a child after Romney.

That happened in Orem, Utah, in 2008, while Romney was a contender in the previous GOP primary race.

oh you have got to be kidding..

I suppose there is one such candidate for every voter generations back JFK had his Kennedy girls.. They’re still worshiping at that temple, mostly in the press corp.

Mine was Mr. Ronald Reagan, I was enlisted when he was sworn in, and few of us didn’t adore the man after having served under that fool Carter. He was the last for me,.. I voted for them, but never reached that level of admiration and respect again, probably never will..

A Reagan comes along once in a person’s lifetime.

mark81150 on March 29, 2012 at 4:11 AM

but rarely brought out passion in those who support him.

Read the comments from your own blog! If you had, you would know the ignorance of your premise. A lot of us are enthusiastic about Romney and have been for many months.

MJBrutus on March 29, 2012 at 4:52 AM

A lot of us are enthusiastic about Romney and have been for many months.

MJBrutus on March 29, 2012 at 4:52 AM

No you’re not. You’re “enthusiastic” about Romney only insofar as he represents another chance to stick it to them thar “True Cons”. After he loses you’ll get excited about the next establishment pet and keep flinging poo at whomever those True Cons happen to like.

ddrintn on March 29, 2012 at 7:13 AM

People who name their kids like a pet dog are just weird…and to set the record straight, Mitt’s actual name is not “Mitt”, shouldn’t the pet kid be called Willard?

right2bright on March 29, 2012 at 7:14 AM

A lot of us are enthusiastic about Romney and have been for many months.

MJBrutus on March 29, 2012 at 4:52 AM

No you’re not. You’re “enthusiastic” about Romney only insofar as he represents another chance to stick it to them thar “True Cons”. After he loses you’ll get excited about the next establishment pet and keep flinging poo at whomever those True Cons happen to like.

ddrintn on March 29, 2012 at 7:13 AM

No, after the elections, she’ll be excited about this campaign she’s talked about to rid the GOP of the “devils” that infested it.

The best part of the Romney administration is that he won’t have to bow and scrape to the demands of the kooks who have glommed on to the GOP. Every so often in politics coalitions change and adjust. This is one of those inflection points where the GOP will finally be able to rid itself of the devils known as the religious right. Reagan was the first to truly dine with them, and he was wise enough to use a long spoon. The lesser men who weren’t have allowed the party to be painted with their brush.

MJBrutus on March 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

hawkdriver on March 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

So Jailbait is…Lil Mittens?

james23 on March 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

So Jailbait is…Lil Mittens?

james23 on March 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Who have you been supporting in the primaries?

hawkdriver on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Even Nixon seemed to me more likeable than Romney. I just can’t imagine the country re-electing Obama or electing Romney.

Sounds crazy, but Romney is so wooden and uptight that he seems guilty of something. Obama is a trainwreck. But as I look around, I guess Romney is the best the GOP has. It will be interesting to see if Romney loosens up and is able to sell himself to the voting public. If he is going to make it happen, he better figure it out quick and get moving. He seems like a “no fun” kind of guy, and the American public likes “big” personalities.

saiga on March 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

So Jailbait is…Lil Mittens?

james23 on March 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Who have you been supporting in the primaries?

hawkdriver on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 AM

That would be Obama.

Buttercup on March 29, 2012 at 4:25 PM

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