Mitt Romney Superfans

Mitt Romney Superfans

Mitt Romney Superfans

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 27 2012 5:43 PM

Mitt Romney Superfans

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- A well-planned Mitt Romney event in Michigan draws a certain kind of voter. This would be the Voter Who Knows the Romneys Personally. I met many a voter like this outside Romney's final pre-election rally, a concert in one of the more picturesque suburbs of Detroit, at a venue that will later host Cults, Noel Gallagher, and the Nerdist live podcast. (Not all on the same night.)

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Cindy McCaffrey was one of the first 100 people in line, and came with friends. They all had Romney stories, but hers was the rawest: Romney had stood by her at her husband's funeral.

"His name was Bill McCaffrey," she said. "It's in his book. Page 260."

In a dozen conversations, I met six people who knew the Romneys, or liked the Romneys from a distance. This colored their view of the field a little, because the idea of supporting some non-Romney pretender was so alien.

"I heard what Santorum said about college yesterday," said Scott Suppala, a computer lab tech. "It was so arrogant."

"You don't call the president a snob!" said McCaffrey. "I don't care what you think of him, he's still the president."

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.