Monday, June 4, 2007

His faith always mentioned?

At I found typing in Mitt Romney pulled up some interesting results. There were 32472 results, and within the first dozen hits, the key topic for each search was regarding his faith and the fact that he is Mormon. There were sites that discussed it in a positive way and ones that completely trashed his religion. Some other topics were mentioned, but the primary subject highlighted in these stories were regarding his religion. At there was not quite as strong a presence of initial stories that mentioned his faith and the fact that Romney is a Mormon. Out the roughly 1500 results that came up, none of the initial dozen hits had stories that highlighted, although they may have mentioned it late in the actual stories, the fact that Romney is Mormon. I think it’s a good thing that different websites concentrate on different aspects of a candidate. While his religion is important, I don’t think it’s right for it to always be mentioned as a front runner in stories, and as one can see from searching various sites, Romney actually has been given a chance with receiving diversified coverage.

Romney's results on Google.

When I typed in Mitt Romney into the search engine Google, I got 1.8 million hits the first time and then 2.16 million hits the second time. I’m not sure why there were additional hits in a search five minutes later, but it does show that Mitt Romney has a strong presence on the internet and this seems like it will make a difference in helping him reach potential voters. Of course, no person will go through every single hit they receive, instead people will go through the first few sites that pop up, and most likely will look at the “sponsored links” first because they are on the top right always. These top websites ranged from ones that had good, concrete info like his official website and ones like, to sites that were more for entertainment like and where you can buy t-shirts and stuff to show your support. There were even sites against Romney that came up like, which even though this was negative it still showed he has a strong internet presence. What I found though, was that each time I typed in Mitt Romney, I got different results for the websites that popped up. Most interestingly I found that instead of just getting Mitt Romney websites, there were also other Republican candidates that came up. In particular, and I don’t know how this happened, but every time I typed in Mitt Romney to google’s search engine, a top website was always one for John McCain and how you could get info on him and donate money. I guess this was smart on McCain’s part and unfortunate for Romney.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Racist Romney?

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Mormons did not allow black priests before 1978 and Romeny was a Mormon before then. Does this mean that Romney is racist? Al Sharpton went on to say that Romney did not even believe in God. He took this back later the next day and said that he actually saw Mormons as Christians and was referring more to Athiests. WOW!

Romney Can't Imagine Anything Worse Than Polygamy

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In the interview Mitt admits to his ancestor's involvement in the polygamy that the early Mormon Church encouraged. I'd say that he distanced himself from the practice well enough, although I hope he didn't offend his Mormon following, who are going to be his main grassroots army. It's going to be interesting to hear how Mitt's Mormonism affects his candidacy.

Mormons for MITT?

So what does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have to say about Mitt? Apparently not to much. After researching on their website there were only 7 articles related to their Mormon candidate. They do believe that the public view of the church will be questioned if Romney wins. The Mormon faith is currently the fourth largest in the world with 5.6 million believers. At the rate of Mitt's internet campaign, I'm not sure that the public view of church will have any need to be questioned.

"You know, I believe in my faith and I'm proud of my faith, but I'm not running as a Mormon, I'm running as a former governor, a business leader, a person who has a vision for the country to make us strong." -- Mitt Romney.

Romney Estimates Wealth in Millions

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$190-$250 Million: Holy hell that's a lot of money. While a bank account like that might scream hypocrisy to the Democratic constituency, right-wing Republican voters have, historically, been able to look past economic differences with their candidate of choice and identify with his platform of values, morals, and other emotion-based issues. In other words, as long as Mitt is keeping gay people from being married and doing his part to overturn Roe v. Wade, middle and lower class Republican voters won't care that they will never be able to identify with the socio-economic status of their president of choice.

Mitt Knows Internet Makes a Difference

Romney has acknowledged that the internet is going to play an extremely important role in the upcoming primaries. The press has jumped on this and reported about the effort by Romney to reach the masses through the online world.

Capitol Hill Blue recently featured an article about Romney and his presence on The Romney team says that connecting the younger community with candidates and issues is vital in getting out the message and encouraging the younger generation to vote. When asked about the internet's impact, Romney's communications director said, "There's your literally door-to-door community outreach."

The Boston Globe also wrote an article about Romney's effort to connect with conservative bloggers. Romney weighed in on establishing a good internet base, "you want to be very closely conncected to the online world, to the blog world, and make sure your perspectives are being understood, and that the misperceptions, which inevitably creep up, are being nipped in the bud." Romney also said that he gets most of his news today online and said that this media is "a great force for the democratization of information."