Both my husband and I are descendants of Romniacs. What are Romniacs you ask? The Washington Post explains:
These are the sasquatches of American politics: rumored, hoped-for, so elusive that they can seem imaginary.
They are Mitt Romney’s superfans.
To be clear: These “Romniacs” are not Wall Street bigwigs or paid campaign operatives. Many of them, but not all, are Mormons like Romney. What unites them is a powerful — and unusual — excitement for a candidate who struggles to excite anybody else.
The good news for Romney is that they exist, these people who call him a “geek,” and “Ward Cleaver,” and love him deeply for it.
The bad news is that there doesn’t appear to be that many of them — a small, eclectic scattering in a nation with 137 million registered voters.
“We are in the thousands,” said Judi Rustin, 61, the poet in Arizona. “And we all bleed red Romney blood.”
So far, Romney has done something remarkable in this campaign: He has managed to win without winning. Despite claiming 16 states and a sizable lead in the race for GOP delegates, the candidate has not been able to build the kind of fervor that could sweep his opponents away. In a recent poll that asked for a one-word reaction to Romney, the most common answer was “no.”
Hey, a win is a win. Most of the passion that people feel for Romney is not of the helpful variety. And that gets almost all of the press attention.
And many of Romney's supporters are of the reluctant variety, which fits quite a few of his Ricochet supporters.
But I'm happy to see an article that actually gives props to those people -- like my mother and my in-laws -- who are fanatical Romney supporters. They may not be that numerous but they do exist and it's nice to see some coverage.
The article, by the way, made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Quite a feat early in the morning before coffee. Wait until you get to the part about Little Mitt.