Browsing the top three mentions of Mitt Romney on Twitter, you might notice that comedian and Twitter powerhouse, Rob Delaney is consistently represented there, undermining Romney. Delaney earned himself the title of Comedy Central’s “Funniest Person On Twitter” earlier this year and has amassed over 520,000 followers. Delaney’s Romney inspired tweets have pushed his Twitter fame further. Political news source, Bloomberg Businessweek recently profiled Delaney as “Mitt Romney’s Twitter Nemesis.” Now there’s an accompanying web comic, “Mitt and Rob” with illustrations of Delaney’s Tweets, depicting an imagined friendship between the two.
Delaney’s tweets about Romney aren’t necessarily mean-spirited or ideologically motivated. Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Delaney, “[Romney]’s such an attractive target comedically because more than any other candidate in my lifetime, he just wants to be president. That’s it! He longs for it. Feels it’s his birthright. I can imagine him getting elected and just saying, ‘Well, that’s that then!’ and staring out a window.”
Sometimes Delaney’s tweets are just silly (.@MittRomney If you won’t release your tax returns, at least tell us what conditioner you use!! #sheen #lustre #body) though sometimes, they do have political charge (“@MittRomney I don’t care about gays marrying but they shouldn’t be allowed on straight planes because then I have to breathe gay air?”).
Neither Romney nor his campaign have ever addressed Delaney directly, though I wonder if Romney’s team is plotting some kind of Delaney take down or bribe as they continually try (and fail, in part, thanks to Delaney) to get someone to take them seriously on Twitter.
Check out one of the comics below, which goes along with Delaney’s tweet, “Hard to believe @MittRomney could be our first Brony president.” A Brony is a My Little Pony (mostly men) superfan, if you weren’t aware. Also, you should know that the comics are the brainchild of a dude named Josh, whose work can be seen at formalsweatpants.com.