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The "Mittens" petition

Ben Rattray, the founder of, came on the show today to talk about activism in the internet age. In just six years, petitions launched on his website have been responsible for some important victories, like convincing Apple to improve conditions at the Chinese factories that make its products. But can perform a huge public service and get to the bottom of one of the great mysteries of 2012, a mystery that has confounded comedians and voters alike? Can it persuade Willard Mitt Romney to admit his real name is really Mittens?

This petition is trying to do just that. Really.