Wednesday, March 21, 2012
With Mitt Romney scoring a big primary battle in Illinois, and the next day receiving the endorsement of Republican Party heavyweight Jeb Bush, he appears on his way to cementing his status as primary front-runner. He also appeared to be getting away from a recent string of unforced errors and verbal gaffes, so his campaign staff picked up the slack for him. When asked how Romney would appeal to independent voters after taking so many extreme conservative positions throughout the primary, Mitt's campaign manager, Eric Fehrnstrom, compared his boss's campaign platform to an Etch-A-Sketch, saying that you clear the board and reset for the fall election. After receiving endless abuse from opponents about his tendency to flip-flop and even being criticized for having "no core" when it comes to beliefs and constantly changes to suit the mood, having your own staff compare you to temporary artwork created by a child's scribble toy is probably not helpful. Romney's opponents have taken this gift and run with it, with Rick Santorum actually showing up at an event with an Etch-A-Sketch prop. If this is setting up a trend of comparing candidates to children's toys, we'd like to note that Newt Gingrich does bear a passing resemblance to Teddy Ruxbin.