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Mitt-sanity ensues as Romney awaits mitten state primary

Tuesday's Michigan primary is serious business for Mitt Romney.Which, of course, means plenty of people are taking it not-so-seriously. Not since Grover Cleveland (we're assuming) has a candidate's name inspired so many LOLs. And since Michigan's nickname is actually the Mitten State, thanks to its glove-like shape, the whole Mitt situation is inspiring comedians and pundits alike to have a field
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, talks to patrons at The Mitt Restaurant during a campaign stop in Mount Clemens, Mich., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, talks to patrons at The Mitt Restaurant during a campaign stop in Mount Clemens, Mich., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Gerald Herbert / AP file

Tuesday's Michigan primary is serious business for Mitt Romney.

Which, of course, means plenty of people are taking it not-so-seriously. Not since Grover Cleveland (we're assuming) has a candidate's name inspired so many LOLs. 

And since Michigan's nickname is actually the Mitten State, thanks to its glove-like shape, the whole Mitt situation is inspiring comedians and pundits alike to have a field day. As "Mittmageddon" approaches, here are some side-splitting Mitt one-liners. 

Late-night host Craig Ferguson might have kicked off the recent spate of Mitt Jokes last month, when he cracked that "76 percent of people polled thought Mitt was short for 'Mittens.'"

But then The Atlantic reported that 2 percent of voters really do think his full name is "mittens." Ferguson's promise that "other nations would fear us for being so adorable" should Romney win may just come true. 

Very few knew that Mitt is actually his middle name (first name: Willard) and even fewer knew that “Mitt” comes from a cousin who was a quarterback for the Chicago Bears in the 1920s. There's even a T-shirt from Zazzle with a photo of a smiling Romney emblazoned on the front, holding an oven and waving. The caption? “Oven Mitt!”

Rachel Maddow had some fun just before the Maine caucus, asking, “Will Maine remain in Mitt’s Mitts?” 

And hilarity ensued when Mitt stopped by Mitt's, a restaurant in Mich. last week. “You know, I’ve never met anyone with my name," Mitt told a gathered crowd when he visited. "Somehow that name just did not catch.”

The owner presented Romney with a “Got Mitt?” T-shirt, which Romney accepted, telling him, "I hope the name does not end up being a problem for you. It hasn’t been for me.” 

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Mitt meets Mitt at Mitt's, the restaurant in Mich. that sells 'Mitt Happens' shirts