The biggest story of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been that he can't get Republican voters excited about him. That was true during the primaries, when a series of increasingly ridiculous candidates briefly polled ahead of him, and it's still true now that the general election has begun. Romney and his wife, Ann, met with a couple dozen conservative bloggers Wednesday, for example, with the aim of offering "sort of an olive branch to conservative media," an attendee told The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. How did that resonate? One of the blogs represented was Riehl World View, posted Thrusday, "Among the walking wounded emerging from our Republican-primaries foxhole to look around at what's still standing, are we hearing what we want to hear from the Romney campaign now that we've given up the ghost of our preferred candidate?" That doesn't sound like a fan to us. Nevertheless, there are real people who voted for Romney -- with enthusiasm. It's just a little hard to find them.
In October, we scoured the internet hunting for a truly enthusiastic Romney fan -- which we defined as someone 1) not employed by the campaign who was 2) wearing a Mitt Romney shirt and 3) looked happy. (A die-hard Newt Gingrich fan was more easily located in November.) As Romney moved closer to winning the Republican nomination, his rallies were packed with happy fans waving pro-Romney signs. But it was still a rare thing to see someone who liked Romney so much they'd wear his name on his chest, and even rarer to see someone with an attractive, modern, even trendy pro-Romney shirt in the wild. That's the New Hampshire man, pictured above in a Romney face shirt at an April 24, immediately jumped out at us. The Atlantic Wire called Galamaga, the Genuine Enthusiastic Mitt Romney Fan, and here's what we learned: