Rick Santorum stopped in at at Toys R Us and bought an Etch-a-Sketch. Sure, it’s a cheap shot, but it is funny. Let’s face it. We could be stuck with Mr. Personality and his magnificent silk suits (they are gorgeous) who is so disconnected from reality and we little people that he must hold his nose and fit his perfection into cheap jeans so he can “relate” to the Walmart shopper in us all.
“…National Democrats looking to portray Mitt Romney as a panderer think they’ve found the Holy Grail in a quote from Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom today about how his candidate plans to handle the general election.
Fehrnstrom was asked on CNN Wednesday whether he was concerned that Romney’s prolonged fight with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would force him to “tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election.”
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” Fehrnstrom responded. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.” …”
They say what goes around, comes around. I understand that. I just never thought it would happen to us. But, it looks like the GOP has its very own John Kerry, complete with all those lovely gaffs and the inability to connect to those who are below his pay grade.
This is lethal.
It is deadly.
It will destroy the GOP in November.
“...The Democratic National Committee blitzed reporters with an e-mail featuring Romney’s face on a red Etch-a-Sketch with the mocking words, “Man of Consistency.” Santorum’s campaign sent out its own blast about the “shocking” video, with the title: “Like an Etch a Sketch…Team Romney Admits Their Candidate Will Change Positions in the General Election.”
Did Romney actually change a position? Nope. All that happened was that his spokesman misspoke. But in today’s sound-bite culture, the story can echo for days—this at a time when many journalists were finally willing to admit that Romney had the race all but wrapped up. And it plays to the negative narrative about Romney because he has changed his stance on such issues as abortion and is still laboring to explain how his Massachusetts health plan differs from Obamacare.
Is it fair? Not especially. The flap is reminiscent of Romney saying he didn’t care about the very poor, or Santorum saying he didn’t care what the unemployment rate is going to be: both out-of-context statements that nonetheless captured a certain political clumsiness.
But metaphors matter in political campaigns. When John Kerry said he had voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it, he helped cement his image as a flip-flopper—aided by the Bush campaign, which used footage of the senator windsurfing to show him tacking in opposite directions….”
Let’s be fair. Mitt’s campaign spokesman was talking about how they would shift things around for the general. But, it struck a nerve. There are many of us, I would say well over half the GOP, who feel the man has no core. He literally is an Etch a Sketch.
There is another very serious issue here. Mitt Romney’s campaign has no sense of humor. They can’t. They’re like every other candidate from the great state of Mass. I think we’re dealing with a Massachusetts thing. Heck, The Pink Flamingo can’t even spell the blasted word without looking it up, first. I think that should say something, right there. Maybe people from that state should not be allowed to run for POTUS. This is the state that gave us Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and now, Mitt Romney.
From John Marshall:
“...Mitt Romney has now responded to the Etch-a-Sketch story, in which his top aide said voters minds were like an Etch-a-Sketch: Mitt could reposition back to the center in time for the general election with little damage from the primaries. In other words, you just repaint the picture. No one remembers. Romney himself now says that wasn’t about him shifting his positions. It was about changing the campaign’s org chart as he moves toward the general…”
This is about Mitt Romney and the fact that we don’t know what he believes. He is a mercurial as a hormonal sixteen year old high school sophomore girl. What I fear, I think, is why the whole Etch-a-Sketch comment has stuck like glue.
Everyone who knows anything about politics knows that a candidate must go to the right or left to win their primary. When the general election comes around, they moderate. Mitt Romney is not exactly Mr. Conservative. I’m not exactly all that conservative, and I find his inability to stand fast on an issue to be disgusting.
I wouldn’t mind if he were moderate. I’d rather have a more moderate person. But – I can’t handle someone who doesn’t give a damn about what he/she believes. Take a position and stick to it. He can’t do that.
“…This is an incredible admission and a window into the way Romney views politics. Romney ran two races in Massachusetts as a moderate and even a self-described “progressive,” before changing his positions in the run up to his first campaign for president. Just last month, he described himself as “severely conservative” at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But as Fehrnstrom statement suggests, Romney’s appeals to the right are simply a matter of positioning rather than principle, something that can easily be changed once the target audience changes.
If Romney’s fiercest critics wanted to come up with a way to describe Romney’s approach to politics, I don’t think they could have come up with a better analogy than Etch A Sketch. The fact that it’s coming from one of Romney’s long-time aides is stunning. An even scarier thought for conservatives: if the Romney campaign is willing to take them for granted before even clinching the nomination, imagine how quickly Romney would abandon conservatives if he ever made it to the White House…”
This is going to be a complete and utter disaster come fall. Obama’s team is already on it, don’t worry.
Philip Klein started the day with the headline that “Romney Advisor Says His Conservatism Can Be Erased”
“…Ever since he launched his first bid for the presidency over five years ago, critics have argued that Mitt Romney’s conservative positions aren’t sincere, and that he would start to abandon them once he was no longer trying to appeal to the Republican primary electorate. I just never expected one of his chief campaign staffers to openly admit it. Yet feeling cocky after Mitt Romney’s strong victory in Illinois, top advisor Eric Fehrnstrom did just that….”
Allahpundit has pegged it:
“...Yeah, that’s the killer. Before the campaign, I could imagine conservatives nominating Romney if he swore up and down that he’d be a right-wing warrior while in office. There’s always a chance that he’d be telling the truth and a chance is all you need to justify voting for a guy who stands the best chance of knocking out The One. But here’s one of his very top aides all but telling you that “severe conservatism” is rhetoric aimed at getting him through the primaries — and yet we’re going to go ahead and nominate him anyway. Think this is the guy who’s going to the mat as president if a Republican Congress gears up to advocate sorely needed yet unpopular spending cuts and fiscal reforms?…”
Does Mitt Romney believe in anything other than himself, his perfection, and the fact that he must be POTUS?
There are no core values here. Without them, he is no different from Barack Obama. From the GOP point of view, he is more dangerous because of the damage he will do to the party.