From the left-leaning Washington Post:

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.

There you have it. Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected.

But you’d think this exchange should have more meaning for conservatives. Fehrnstrom has come awfully close to admitting that the most damaging conservative positions Romney has had to adopt in the primary will be “reset,” and — to continue the Etch A Sketch analogy — can be erased at will if necessary. You’d think conservative reporters and commentators might want to press for a bit of clarification here.

One other point: Note how casually these remarks were greeted by the panel of commentators, as if his kind of thing is just business as usual.

From Philip Klein at the right-leaning Washington Examiner:

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

Not helpful? We just report this etchy-sketchy stuff.



Anti-Romneys work fast!


This afternoon, “Etch-a-Sketch” was a U.S. trending topic. Newt Gingrich didn’t waste a moment, either:!/guypbenson/status/182535544625049600

Rick Santorum’s staff is on it:!/RickSantorum/status/182522407301554177

And now…let the Twitter fun and games begin!!/ThePowersThatBe/status/182550678017806336!/ResistTyranny/status/182550786616725504!/michellemalkin/status/182546674709835780!/vermontaigne/status/182553709811728384!/FMFHopkins/status/182552964911734784


Voila! Mitt’s Etch-A-Sketch has its own Twitter account, of course…!/ExecutiveEtch/status/182552553848979457


American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive PAC, has released an online ad:!/ScottJW/status/182577736903180288

  • steveegg

    I would like to thank Eric Fehrnstrom for making Wisconsin’s primary relevant again a mere day after his guy seemingly closed the deal.

  • Chris Downey

    No surprise the Ken-doll candidate uses an Etch-a-Sketch.  Now, since Hanks is shilling for Obama, does that mean Buzz Lightyear will be doing Romney’s next ads?

  • Mary K. Allen

    We are gearing up for the Wisconsin primary a day after the defeat in Illinois…as Rick himself did Ronald Reagan…”we’re back in the saddle”. We have just acquired a 10.000 square foot campaign office and 1000 volunteers will be flooding the state very soon. I refuse to sit by and watch a man with no core, no scruples and no honor try to buy this election.
    It’s time to take off the gloves and fight, people. Our freedom and our liberties are at stake.

    Rick Santorum deserves our support and help to win on April 3. 
    Contact [email protected]:disqus .com…You don’t have to live here to join the team.
    It’s time to stop letting Progressives, Rinos, the media, Fox News, establishment Republicans and anyone other than Conservatives dictate to and intimidate us.
    As the Great One, Mark Levin says “This is our country and we will decide”. 

  • Mary K. Allen

    [email protected]:disqus .com

  • vietvet68

    Another RINO!

  • Lucid_American

    You know these two clowns, Santorum (Cookie) and Gingrich (Bozo) are together really just a coconut pie throwing act – pathetic.  Romney needs to take off the gloves and kick both these guys in the balls and send them home.   Enough with these hanger-oners.    

    Santorum is about as appealing to the overall electorate as a case of Shingles.   Gingrich, is the guy you wouldn’t trust to feed your dog while you were on vacation.  Mitt Romney needs to pull up his BIG BOY pants and stop being so timid.   Tell these guys to choke on the his magic underwear and lets get on with the campaign.  It’s time to get this country back on course.  Focus on the problem   his name is Obama!  

  • Lyman DeKoquonut

    Magic 8 Ball?

  • Tami Allen

    What a load of CRAP! Fehrnstrom was obviously talking about how the campaign would reset, change gears, and go into Obama attack mode when this primary is over.  Mitt’s conservative principles have been consistent throughout his life and career. This stupid primary has brought the most ridiculous attacks from both Santorum and Gingrich, as if they are clean as the white driven snow, when BOTH MEN were staples in Washington all of these years and CREATED the mess we are in now! Romney will be the nominee–we can shake the damn etch-a-sketch and make Santorum and Gingrich disappear, as they did when both of their political careers ended in disgrace!!  I can’t wait!!

    • John Alan

      you do realize we’re not all stupid?  romney’s biggest problem is when he tries to act human.  let romney be romney and like the volt don’t forget to plug him in at night

  • Gayle

    ALL politicians are Etch-A-Sketches – didn’t Santorum  endorse Romney – and now he has shaken that up !  

  • catkeepr

    Can’t think of a better way to ensure Obama gets a second term than nominating this knucklehead!!!


    Oh, I’m sick of Mitt.  He has no grit.  He is such a trophy seeker.  Joke:  A liberal, a moderate, and a conservative walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “Good evening Governor Romney.      Now go listen to Mark Levin everyone.

  • MrMeaner

    We are going to lose again, thanks to the establishment-following sheep.
    It happens every time.
    They wait for four years, in eager anticipation, so they can nominate the guy TV tells them to nominate, and we lose.
    I keep thinking that one day they’re going to figure out that the media is always going to prop up the most liberal guy.
    When Romney was the most conservative candidate, in ’08, the same people who are cheerleading for him today, were pushing McCain, and saying that Romney was a liar, with no core principles.

    This time around, the same columnist writes five articles per day, on how Romney is super-awesome, and Santorum is a theocrat who wants to outlaw contraception, put cameras in your bedroom.

    Obama is going to point out that Romney gave him advice on how to create a national health-care law, in his 2009 USA Today op-ed piece…after telling primary voters that he’s never supported a national plan.
    He’s going to point to all of the social issues that he’s flip-flopped on, thanks to the tons of written material from current Romney shills, who were Santoruming him in ’08.

    And he’s going to use all of that to paint him as a liar, who will say anything you want to hear, to get elected.

  • myavast

    That Etch a Sketch website is so simple yet so powerful. Kudos to whoever came up with the idea.

    It couldn’t define Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper better.