Romney is inviting bloggers to top secret meetings, giving them baloney and cookies and seeing who he can get to obscure his track record on his sex ed programs for Massachusetts children, and abortion, and spin it all out as "Ronald Reagan".
Romney's public schedule that day didn't list the event. Members of the mainstream press weren't invited.
But influential Nashville-area bloggers Bill Hobbs and Nathan Moore were, and both penned accounts Romney must have liked. Hobbs likened the governor to Ronald Reagan. Moore called Romney impressive and declared him "a formidable candidate for the 2008 nomination."
There's one enormous disadvantage to operating on the level out of touch with grassroots - - you lose touch with the pulse. Whatever traction Romney had with prolifers, the pulse of it is now close to that of a cadaver. In spite of the fact that the Romney camp thinks they are 'nipping it in the bud'.
That Hobbs and Moore were asked to the private gathering illustrates a growing effort
by Romney and his political team to cultivate a relationship with the conservative blogosphere as he prepares to enter the Republican primary, which is already being shaped as never before by countless bloggers, pundits, and other online opinion-makers.
Seeing as the mainstream media is controlled in a manner to obscure the truth, we had to find our own media source.
Though pro-Romney bloggers around the country have been dutifully defending him for months,
But if Romney is seeing the promise of the blogosphere, he's also experiencing its perils. A number of bloggers have attacked him for his recent shift to more conservative positions on social issues such as abortion and gay rights. On Friday, for example, a blogger in Washington circulated a Christian Broadcasting Network report that several Romney supporters in Michigan were reconsidering their endorsement.
Those individuals did not defect without checking the pulse of Romney's campaign with grassroots people. The grassroots people are using the internet to pass the information via emails. The press may never see it. Bill Hobbs may not be in the loop. People are defecting in Michigan because they can not get traction going for Romney.
I heard that National Review wants to back off and it's getting pretty uptight with Lopez's high school crush with Romney in spite of the evidence.