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No big deal, but I was struck by this February 24 photo of Mitt Romney addressing a gathering of his supporters at Detroit’s Ford Field in his home state of Michigan for what was billed as a major economic address and the announcement of new economic initiatives. (Photo by Carlos Ororio/AP Photo)

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What is striking is what  you don’t see: people in the bleachers. The crowd numbered about 1,200 as reported by ABC News. To put that in perspective:

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That’s right. More people1 visited my blog that day than came to hear Romney. Make of it what you will.

Other news of Romney event:


1 Numbers from Google Analytics. Blog visitor counts do not include RSS feed subscribers. Counts slightly higher in Hawaii and Alaska. Good only at participating locations. Void where prohibited by law. Offer not available in red states. May cause blurred vision. Seek medical attention for an erection lasting more than 4 hours. Reading the fine print can cause you to go blind.

Out of fairness, I should add that Romney charged the folks that came, and I didn’t.

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25 Responses to Blog leads Romney

  1. avatar
    mheuss February 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Is that warning about erections lasting more than 4 hours only applicable if you read this article, or is that good advice in general?

  2. avatar
    Paper February 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I can’t see!

  3. avatar
    Squeeky Fromm February 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I thought I was the only “Unique Visitor” here??? Everybody else seems to be either Obots or Birthers.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy February 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Actually I was thinking about Larry Sinclair and a certain commenter here who shall remain nameless.

    mheuss: Is that warning about erections lasting more than 4 hours only applicable if you read this article, or is that good advice in general?

  5. avatar
    RuhRoh February 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: Actually I was thinking about Larry Sinclair and a certain commenter here who shall remain nameless.

    Pretty sure only the commenter’s deflections last 4 hours.

  6. avatar
    Rennie February 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    It’s Ford Field, not Ford Stadium.

  7. avatar
    G February 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    LMAO!

    Yeah, of all the many campaign flubs by the Romney campaign this cycle, the optics of the Ford stadium is one of the biggest. The whole event was an EPIC FAIL.

    It was meant to be a milestone achievement event in rolling out his new economic policy. Something his campaign had been touting for weeks. The event was preceded by Romney’s campaign “proudly” announcing their economic team – pretty much all people from GWB’s economic team. …Again, the “tin ear” of this campaign is astounding. Then the speech itself really didn’t offer anything new at all. And it was boring. Further, many of the financial analysts came away from it convinced that Romney’s plan will add at least 4 Trillion more to the National Debt.

    Even worse were his notoriously wooden and bizarre attempts at humor. They always seem to fall flat and only convey him as even more out of touch. This review says it all:

    Romney Delivers Clunker in Detroit

    Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major economic speech today in Detroit but it mostly fell flat, The Hill reports.

    “Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs as Romney rehashed many of the policies and quips he’d used in previous speeches, made a few jokes that appeared to fall flat with the audience and said that his wife, Ann, drove ‘a couple of Cadillacs,’ which will likely give Democrats more ammunition for their depiction of him as rich and out of touch.”

    But this is priceless: “‘That’s my family leading the applause,’ he said quickly, although no one was clapping, then laughed again. No one appeared to laugh with him.”

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/02/24/romney_delivers_clunker_in_detroit.html

  8. avatar
    donna February 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    “That’s right. More people1 visited my blog that day than came to hear Romney. ”

    KUDOS to YOU, DOC

  9. avatar
    Scientist February 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    G: Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs

    Those weren’t empty chairs, those were the President’s legal team.

  10. avatar
    G February 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    ROTFLMAO!!!

    Scientist, FTW! ;)

    Scientist: Those weren’t empty chairs, those were the President’s legal team.

  11. avatar
    Northland10 February 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Scientist: Those weren’t empty chairs, those were the President’s legal team.

    Bravo!!!!

  12. avatar
    Northland10 February 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Squeeky Fromm: I thought I was the only “Unique Visitor” here???

    Brava!!!

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    misha February 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Rennie: It’s Ford Field, not Ford Stadium.

    Just as long as the wheels don’t come off, like on a Nash Rambler AMC.

    Like this one, or this one.

  14. avatar
    misha February 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Intrade has Obama at 60%.

  15. avatar
    John Potter February 28, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    Wow, for a second, I thought Arpaio had jumped the gun and gone early. But, silly me, the NonProfit Posse couldn’t afFord such a big fail! * ba-dum-bing *

    This is just like a shot from one of those bleak, mid-December bowl games, or any Tulane home game,* that the ESPN cameras try so hard to avoid. If only that black curtain were a leeeeeeetle bigger. Or blacker.

    * Tulane, a small, hapless Conf USA program, laughably plays its home games in the Superdome. You can get a whole section to yourself!

  16. avatar
    Kenneth Olsen February 28, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Would skeptics be justified in wondering what the hell Romney rally attendance figures have to do with Obama Conspiracy Theories?

    Moderately justified, perhaps?

  17. avatar
    John Reilly February 28, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Contrast Gov. Romney’s visit to Ford Field with the Oscars, where there is never an empty seat because seat sitters are employed. Yoiu would think a candidate from Boston would have an Irish politician on staff sensitive to how silly that appearance looks.

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    Whatever4 February 28, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    John Reilly:
    Contrast Gov. Romney’s visit to Ford Field with the Oscars, where there is never an empty seat because seat sitters are employed.Yoiu would think a candidate from Boston would have an Irish politician on staff sensitive to how silly that appearance looks.

    Meh, Saying Romney’s from Boston is like saying Misha is from Alaska.

  19. avatar
    James M February 28, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Kenneth Olsen:
    Would skeptics be justified in wondering what the hell Romney rally attendance figures have to do with Obama Conspiracy Theories?

    Moderately justified, perhaps?

    I’m part of the Conspiracy to Re-elect President Obama. and anything that puts the opposition in a negative light serves our purposes.

  20. avatar
    misha February 28, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Whatever4: Meh, Saying Romney’s from Boston is like saying Misha is from Alaska.

    The most popular fragrance in New York is “Urine down the hall,” by Derelict™.

    Note: “urine” is pronounced “your-EEN.”
    “hall” is pronounced “hawl.”

  21. avatar
    misha February 28, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Kenneth Olsen: Would skeptics be justified in wondering what the hell Romney rally attendance figures have to do with Obama Conspiracy Theories?

    James M: I’m part of the Conspiracy to Re-elect President Obama. and anything that puts the opposition in a negative light serves our purposes.

    Mr. Olsen: I just received my stipend from George Soros, and want to confirm what “James M” just wrote.

  22. avatar
    misha February 28, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Kenneth Olsen:
    Would skeptics be justified in wondering what the hell Romney rally attendance figures have to do with Obama Conspiracy Theories? Moderately justified, perhaps?

    I also want to tell you Christine O’Donnell is doing well in the production we financed:

    http://newyorkleftist.blogspot.com/2010/11/odonnell-in-aristocrats.html

    Remember when Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin appeared together in Anchorage? They were going to stage a production of “The Aristocrats in Alaska,” and cancelled at the last moment.

    Glenn Beck’s past is starting to catch up to him: http://didglennbeckrapeandmurderagirl.blogspot.com/

  23. avatar
    misha February 28, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    John Potter: But, silly me, the NonProfit Posse couldn’t afFord such a big fail! * ba-dum-bing *

    Try this: [bada-bing]

  24. avatar
    Rickey February 28, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    misha:
    Intrade has Obama at 60%.

    And the new bi-partisan Battleground poll has Obama’s approval rating up to 53%, with 45% disapproving. From the same poll:

    Obama 52% Romney 43%
    Obama 53% Santorum 43%

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    Northland10 February 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    John Reilly: Contrast Gov. Romney’s visit to Ford Field with the Oscars, where there is never an empty seat because seat sitters are employed. Yoiu would think a candidate from Boston would have an Irish politician on staff sensitive to how silly that appearance looks.

    I have noticed the quality of staffers for various candidates sits at about the level of Perry’s debating skills.

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