First came Spreading Santorum, Dan Savage's crude attempt at redefining Rick Santorum's name on Google after Santorum said some crude things about gay people. Now comes Spreading Romney, a similar attempt to redefine Mitt Romney's name on the Internet—as a verb, meaning "to defecate in terror." The term is rocketing up the search engine charts, reports Search Engine Land. Type "Romney" and it appears in the ninth slot on Google ... and climbing.
The Romney site links to the Huffington Post article about the infamous 12-hour drive to Canada in 1983, when the Romneys put their dog in a crate on top of the car and the animal was apparently so scared it defecated as they drove. Unlike the Savage meme, though, this prank appears to be just the work of a small Indianapolis design firm. Still, Search Engine Land is amazed that the site creator was able to get such good results so quickly, as Spreading Romney just went online Jan. 10, and has relatively few links to it. "I’m not associated with any campaigns," said site creator Jack Shepler. "I made it to be funny, and to make a point, and I believe it did just that." (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)