If you have yet to hear about Eric Fehrnstrom’s comment about Romney’s campaign becoming an Etch A Sketch, you must live in a political vacuum, but here you go, this is the comment that is likely to become the theme to Mitt Romney general election campaign, or at least in the attack ads levied against him.
The Host: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?
Fehrnstrom: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.
You could not have given the Democrats a better weapon to use against Romney unless you just came out and said it right out: Romney is not whom he has be saying he is.
So lets us get this right, Romney is not the candidate that he has pretended to be for the last year, and he plans to erase what he has been and then draw a new, better Romney that most of American is supposed to love.
I guess since the reality is Romney if going to be the nominee, there is no reason for his advisers to be indiscreet about what they hope to accomplish in the coming months. It is not as if what was said is a prodigious revelation. In fact, everyone with an iota of political instinct knew all along that Romney was insensate towards conservatives. They were never going to be his friends; they were only a means to an end.
So is the big revelation that Romney is the shape-shifter of the 2012 campaign, hardly, this was already well documented in the legions of videos on YouTube.
What happen was Romney’s own advisor put a name to the Romney campaign. Using a children toy to explain how a candidate will abandon the base of his party could not have been part of the plan.
“In a phrase so potentially damaging it might have been hatched in a laboratory by James Carville, Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom bobbled a routine question on CNN” Howard Kurts of The Daily Beat.
Oh, I am sure the Howards of the world love this. Right when some conservative’s bloggers are coming around to supporting Romney, they have to contemplate why in the world everyone thought this person was so electable.
Oh man, what have the people who voted for Romney done with the precious chance at beating a weakened president?
Obama is a weakened candidate. Everyone knows he is not going to usher in a golden age where red and blue states no longer exist. Everyone understands that Obama does not care about gas prices being too high; in fact, he was hoping they would be higher. President Obama is attacking the faith, and he has thrown aside the many Christians that voted for him in 2008 in the hopes to shore up his radical base.
Right now, we should be talking about how strong our nominee is compared to the disaster in the White House; but of course, that is not what we are seeing.
Do not be surprised if this etch-a-sketch comment inflicts serious damage to Romney’s general election chances. The same voters that bought the hope and change will understand exactly what the Obama campaign is talking about when they are animating Romney’s ever-changing face on an etch-a-sketch frame. I do not see how this does not become the gift that keeps on giving. Then again, it is not as if the Republican electorate was unaware of whom Romney was, as I said, You Tube.
Etch-a-Sketch, can you believe that he said that. They really do have a gaffe problem in Boston. Somebody tell me why Rick Perry was too risky again.