Dean and I both posted below about the nimble response the Romney campaign mounted to the YouTube attack on the governor yesterday.
EvangelicalsforMitt is an independent web site supporting Romney that has also joined the fray over Romney’s conservative credentials (about which there is little credible argument, but around which there is a lot of noise.)
The appearance of independent bloggers supporting candidates because of shared values will be a significant early indicator of grassroots support. NZ Bear is working on a tracker of such candidate-oriented blogs, and that will be a very interesting measure of momentum, though of course the potential for manipulating the lists will be high. NZ is also at work on tools to separate the real from the feigned. Watch that space.
UPDATE: Here’s the open letter that EvangelicalsForMitt is commenting on:
An Open Letter Regarding Governor Mitt Romney
January 11, 2007
Dear conservative friends:
We hail from a broad spectrum of organizations dedicated to fighting for the pro-family agendain Massachusetts. As you know, Mitt Romney became the governor of our state in 2003. Since that time, we have worked closely with him and his excellent staff on that agenda.
Some press accounts and bloggers have described Governor Romney in terms we neither haveobserved nor can we accept. To the contrary, we, who have been fighting here for the values youalso hold, are indebted to him and his responsive staff in demonstrating solid social conservativecredentials by undertaking the following actions here in Massachusetts:
• Staunchly defended traditional marriage. Governor Romney immediately and stronglycondemned the 2003 court decision that legalized “same-sex marriage” in our state. More importantly, he followed up on that denunciation with action