The EFM Feature

I read with great amusement the post on Ankle Biting Pundits that claimed, “Romney Caught Playing the Kos/Armstrong Blogger Game”–this, of course, referring to bloggers being secretly paid by campaigns to make it appear they have grass roots support. This post was created after a diarist at Red State insinuated the pro-Romney articles are somehow orchestrated by Gov. Romney.
I actually had to laugh. When some of us joined a Romney Yahoo listserv over a year ago, we never thought we’d be accused of professionalism. But, as I surfed the net today, I noticed that it is true that Gov. Romney already has the best presence on the web. AmericansforMitt.com is the national umbrella organization that Nathan Burd started over a year ago. (I’m a “regional advisor” for the site, representing the South.) The organization already includes:

Delawarians for Mitt

Floridians for Mitt (No word if his motto is “I may not know how to vote, but I do know for whom to vote.”)

Illinoisans for Mitt

Iowans for Mitt Romney

Massachusetts for Mitt (Perhaps “Massachusettsians” was awkward?)

Californians for Romney

Mississippi for Mitt

New Yorkers for Mitt

Ohioans for Mitt

Oregonians for Mitt

Tennesseans for Mitt

Coloradans for Mitt

Texans for Mitt

another Texas for Mitt (apparently Texans have to outdo everybody in everything.)

Utahns for Mitt

and another Utah blog (just to make sure Texas doesn’t get too big for their britches)

Washingtonians for Mitt

Michiganders for Romney

And this is not even including the various groups that have created sites in the “for Mitt” family:

Law Students for Romney which makes the point that Gov. Romney will not lose daily efficiency because of “cheap whiskey hangovers” (“Tennesseans for Mitt,” declines to speculate whether this was a potshot at their state.)

Mitt Romney for President in 2008 Blog

Mitt Romney for President 2008 Yahoo Group

Run Mitt Run!

Students for Mitt (Yahoo Group)

Women for Romney

Elect Romney in 2008 (in Spanish)

If you peruse our sites, you’ll see that there are differing levels of quality and quantity of posts. (Another Romney supporter recently claimed my orange Tennesseans for Mitt site was “hideous”–but he must’ve been a Kentucky Wildcats fan opposed to me honoring the Vols.)
Since I’ve been in the grassroots Mitt group, I’ve noticed there are professional writers, lawyers, doctors, and pro-life crusaders in our midst, as well as Catholics, charismatics, LDSers, and Baptists. In other words, the ubiquity of websites are a testimony to the diversity (geographically and theologically) of the types of people Gov. Romney attracts.
(In an ironic twist, Jim Geraghty reports today that the Ankle Biting Pundit himself Patrick Hynes is actually a paid political consultant working for Sen. John McCain. He’s already offered a mea culpa for not disclosing this, so I won’t pile on.)
So, to clarify, we don’t get paid for any of this, and the organization of “for Mitt” sites is as grassroots as it gets. (In one of the RedState articles, you might even note that “Mormon” is misspelled a few times.) Nevertheless, we do take the astroturf accusation as a high compliment.
If you’d like to be a part of the “for Mitt” family, please contact Nathan Burd. We may be grassroots, but–like our candidate–we certainly have gravitas.


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