Rick Santorum has a car with his name on it. Mitt Romney has great friends who are “team owners.” Perhaps that’s the tale of the GOP nomination at this point.

But we do need to find a new term for gaffe, aka Michael Kinsleyism, when it comes to Mitt Romney. It’s reaching critical mass.

Democrats pounced:

Asked by an Associated Press reporter as he was greeting NASCAR fans whether he follows the sport, Romney said: “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”

Democratic operatives quickly seized on Romney’s comment, lighting up Twitter on Sunday night with fictitious quotes poking fun at Romney.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse tweeted: “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts.” And DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell tweeted: “Asked if he will watch the Oscars, Mitt Romney said: “˜I don’t get to watch movies, but my friends own theaters.’ “