The house was packed for the YR awards ceremony, more than half the crowd were complete strangers to me, there only to see Mitt Romney speak. Florida Governor Crist gave Romney’s introduction and like all candidates, Mitt’s speech was well rehearsed.
Just prior to the commencement of the awards ceremony, I caught up with one of Mitt’s handlers and told him that I would like to get a picture with Mitt for LouisianaConservative.com, since I already have a picture of Thompson and Hunter. His response was “We’ll see if we can do that”, to which I responded “I know you will.”
Now, that may have seemed arrogant on my part when you read this, but I assure you that it wasn’t. Simply stated, all politicians know just how important blogs are and since I might have been the only blogger there, and since it was obviously a conservative blog, one would think his handlers would make sure I got the picture.
After the speech I saw one of his other handlers and told him that I wanted a picture with Mitt for the blog and he seemed to understand the importance of it, or at least so I thought. Right before I posed with Romney, his staffer ordered us outside the doors, which I obeyed and caught up with Romney again. Mind you, this is all happening in less than five minutes.
I get set to pose with Mitt again and I look at Mitt and say, “Governor Romney, I want to get a picture with you for Louisiana Conservative.com.”. He looked at me and said “A blog?” and stopped to take a picture. Now, if you’ll notice the separation between Romney and myself is greater than Hunter, Thompson, or Matalin. That’s because Romney’s people pulled him away as the picture was being taken.
If Bobby Jindal will take the time to thank me for my online presence, as did Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter, one would think that Romney’s people would understand just how important blogs have become in the last three years. Perhaps they are just out of touch, who knows. In my humble opinion, if Romney’s inner circle is that out of touch with today’s society, what kind of people with he hire if he becomes President?
What’s worse is that there was a straw poll that was supposedly for the Young Republican attendees and nobody else. However, many of those folks who were there only to see Mitt Romney speak, and were not members of the Young Republicans were also allowed to vote. Mind you, this was in Broward County, home of the controversy that surrounded the 2000 election.
I admit, I am not as upset about those people voting in the straw poll as others were, but disappointed nonetheless.
Overall impression of Mitt Romney? While Hunter and Thompson rose greatly in my book, Mitt Romney’s stock dropped significantly. I had Mitt Romney at the top of my list on who to vote for, but after that he fell down to about fifth, behind Thompson, Paul, Hunter, and Huckabee, not necessarily in that order. Mitt’s people need to get their heads screwed on right and get with the program. They need to understand the importance of bloggers and they don’t need to stuff the straw polls. Romney’s a fine fellow, but I’d give him a C- for this past weekend.
To see Romney supporters voting in a Young Republican straw poll, click here.