In the nation's first primary, Mitt Romney took New Hampshire. Rather he will be the GOP candidate or not is still a long ways off, but what's really essential to know is that 2% of voters nationwide think his first name is....
According a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, a 20 percent plurality of us thought that "Mitt" was his real name and not a glove-like nickname. 18 percent said "Mitchell"; 8 percent, Milton; and only 6 percent correctly said "Willard." But the most important stat from the survey is that somehow, in some way, 2 percent of real-life adult voting Americans believe that his name is "Mittens."Wallace and Gromit.(Given the state of American politics, perhaps a cartoon isn't so far off after all.)
However, as the article points out, any of the above are better than the connotations associated with Newt Gingrich. Who was born Newton Leroy McPherson. I'm not sure that Leroy is much better than Newt, to be honest.
(I think the lesson here is to be careful what you name your children. Oh, and Mitt's real first name, Willard, is that of a horror film about a rat. Perhaps he is better off with the image of nice, warm, fuzzy hand-coverings.)
Serious ponderings will resume tomorrow.