Romney isn’t the Candidate that Would Need an Etch-a-Sketch


This morning one of Mitt Romney’s campaign advisers made a minor gaffe while on CNN that’s been pounced on by the left, as well as Romney’s rivals in the race and their supporters on the internet. Memeorandum has a full round-up of links, and the story remains at the top of the page at 8:16 PM ET. You’d think the guy said Romney kills kittens or something.

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, this is what the aide, Erik Fehrnstrom, said, when asked about the perils of a candidate tacking too far to the right in the primary. (Do they ever ask these questions of Democrats?)

“Everything changes. It’s like Etch A Sketch,” he said. “You can shake it up and we start all over again.”

Isn’t that the way all presidential campaigns operate? Should Fehrnstrom have put it that way? No, he should have known better. He should have said that Romney isn’t the candidate that would need an Etch-a-Sketch. If there’s any candidate that has no business mockingly waving an Etch-a-Sketch around, it’s Rick Santorum. Because if he miraculously gets the nomination, he’s going to need it.

Don Surber summed things up pretty well this morning.

And what a lousy campaign Rick organized. Once again, he failed to get enough people in a state to agree to be his delegates. How hard is it to find 54 people willing to stand for you in a big state like Illinois?

Imagine a Santorum presidency — with a Cabinet missing 5 secretaries.

The only thing worse is the candidate himself. Rick desperately tries to out-social conservative Mitt only to wind up sounding like some kind of religious wacko. His call to have states re-decide whether women birth control — settled in 1965 in Griswold vs. Connecticut — stains all Republicans as uptight scolds. That case by the way involved a married couple. I am sorry but the last thing West Virginia needs is the Bedroom Police.

His statement that he almost puked when he read JFK’s speech on religion was revolting for two reasons. First, you can pick on any Kennedy except JFK. For baby boomers, his assassination is their first brush with politics. Second, what is with puking?

Just what is Rick’s point? Yes, winners never quit and quitters never win. I get that. But losers go on and on and never admit the truth. I interviewed Harold Stassen in 1984, OK?

Rick has made it plain that he is not ready for prime time. (Read More)

For a while I was supportive of Santorum’s candidacy, and thought about voting for him. Then he started making me cringe. If he’s making conservatives cringe in the primary with his statements on social issues, what’s he going to do to everyone else in a general election? I held back on pointing out every cringe-worthy moment, like this one, out of respect for his many supporters. I may have to re-think that.

Like any candidate, Mitt Romney may have a few gaffes he’d like to put behind him – Fehrnstrom’s included – but what candidate doesn’t?

Oh, and to all of you Obama supporters out there, your guy has pretty much been the Etch-a-Sketch president, so pipe down.

Addendum: Mitt Romney responded to the controversy.

“I’m running as a conservative Republican. I was a conservative Republican governor. I’ll be running as a conservative Republican nominee,” he said. “The policies and positions are exactly the same.”

Can we go back to talking about real issues now?