Video: Newt, Santorum now taunting Romney with Etch-a-Sketches on the trail

posted at 5:25 pm on March 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

In case you missed it this morning, here again is the Kinsleyan gaffe of the year thus far — a comment so stupidly vivid and vividly stupid given Romney’s vulnerabilities that it ends up being more effective than 99 percent of the attacks Santorum and Gingrich have lobbed at Mitt.

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.

What’s wrong with a strategist acknowledging a basic fact of political life, that candidates tend to move towards the center after the primaries to compete for independents in the general? Philip Klein explains in a post titled, “Romney advisor says his conservatism can be erased”:

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.

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?

Go scroll through this Wall Street Journal round-up of Etch-a-Sketch attack ads and tweets that have emerged just in the last few hours since Fehrnstrom’s comment became a sensation online. This meme obviously has legs and their round-up’s not even complete: While they do have footage of Santorum seizing on the remark at a stump speech today (said RS of Iran, “They know that I’m not holding an Etch A Sketch”), it’s Gingrich who did the most expert job in exploiting the device on the trail. Watch Politico’s vid of how he opened one appearance; granted, the Etch-a-Sketch as a symbol of Romney’s politics is an exceedingly easy metaphor to manipulate, but you’re watching an old pro at work here. Highly effective, even if his own chances at the nomination were erased sometime in the week between South Carolina and Florida. Exit quotation from WaPo’s Aaron Blake: “I have now gotten 11 Etch-a-sketch-related e-mails from the DNC today.” He’s since updated to make it 12.


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People half-willing to vote for Romney for being too liberal just got affirmation of their doubts.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Not quite. You guys are getting carried away here. You Romney haters are desperate to find something, ANYTHING to try to stop him, so you have to latch on to an etch-a-sketch quote that has nothing to do with what you want it to mean.

Hate to tell you, but this isn’t even going to slow Romney down a little bit.

You guys got all giddy over the Bain capital video. That was a dud.

You got all excited about his tax returns. That was nothing.

Now you’re getting all excited about this baloney and are trying to twist it into something it’s not. It’s just not going to work, but have fun trying.

It won’t be much longer before the primary season is over (and the unelectable also-rans Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum drop out), so maybe it’s good if you get this silliness out of your system now before the fall.

I would expect this kind of stupidity on a site like DailyKos, and it’s a little disappointing to see it here.

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Seriously, I am getting so ticked off with this crap. My wife is Venezuelan. In the ten years she’s been in my life, I’ve seen a lot of history with that country through her eyes and what I’ve seen on my own, which even includes the five times I have traveled there.

Did you know that Venezuela had a chance to get rid of Chavez in his first re-election campaign. Do you know why they didn’t? Because the opposition could come together long enough to unite against the one thing they all had in common, their desire to get rid of Chavez. Chavez didn’t have all the cronies in place that he has now and could have been easily picked off after the PDVSA takeover fiasco and the general strikes. But all the in-fighting between the opposition allowed him to skate though for another term and now he’s a dictator under the tumor takes him down.

That’s the direction we are headed if we don’t get our heads out of our asses and take the fight to Obama like we need to in order to take back our country. It ticks me off to read people who say that they will stay home if Romney’s the nominee and expect me to take them seriously when they say they want what’s best for the country. Getting rid of Obama is the best for the country, everything else can be hashed out after the fact.

If you people want to throw temper tantrums and cry if Romney’s the nominee and not join together to fight the one threat we all have in common, then get out of the way and let the adults do all the work. But I do not want to hear anyone of you complain if Obama gets another four years, because history is any indication, and with what Obama’s done already, we may not get another chance.

Time to decide.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

This is definitely what we need. Juvenile games.

Oh wait, this is more of the same from these two camps. Never mind.

Red Cloud on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

sarc tag?

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would at least listen to your arguements if 20% of you mittbots wouldn’t vote for obama if santorium wasn’t the nominee

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/romney-voters-would-support-obama-if-santorum-is-the-nominee/

“In fact, one-in-five (20%) Romney supporters say that, if Santorum is the nominee, they will likely switch sides and support Obama”

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

LOL..dude. Did you even read that article. You know why those Romney supporters would vote for Obama if Santorum is the nominee?

Because they are INDEPENDENTS. Those folks that are NEEDED to win an election in this day and age. You can’t win an election with only the hardcore conservative vote. Period.

Get a clue and stop beclowning yourself.

HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

katy the mean old lady on March 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Thank goodness I’m not getting any mail regardless of how useful.

Cindy Munford on March 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Memo to the base: Romney and his campaign are not talking to you. In fact, they gave up on you ages ago. Romney will get the nomination without you, and he’ll get to the White House without you. And it’s true, once there, he won’t give a crap about you. It doesn’t mean he will govern as a liberal, because he isn’t one, but he won’t owe you anything.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

We already know he doesn’t give a crap about the voters. Too bad you don’t

katy the mean old lady on March 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Both Newt and Rick and petty, nasty and immature. Rick calls Romney to congratulate him and then goes back on the campaign trail and labels him “pathetic.” Neither cares about the Republican Party or the country. Self-absorbed and self-righteous children. Just like the loser currently in the WH.

I understand having policy differences with Romney, but some of the personal animosity exhibited here toward the man is sick and obsessive. Danielvito and very, very angry ed being prime examples.

Meredith on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

You’d better be careful your friend Buy Danish takes exception to that word. You wouldn’t want that would you? Bread ball ?

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I’ll use whatever words I want, but thanks for your concern.

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

As I’ve posted above, it does not matter who said it. Romney has a trust problem with a large part of the GOP base who think that once in office he will immediately skew left. That is why this is a big deal. People half-willing to vote for Romney for being too liberal just got affirmation of their doubts.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Add to that the insulting tone of his supporters, I am starting to believe that half of Mitt supporters that are commenting here are liberals , trying to mess up his chances of nomination.
No one who wants to attract voters to his candidate will be this arrogant and insulting, and reflecting badly on Romney.

evergreenland on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

haters

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

You must have missed the other two posts. So I’ll do a post and repeat. Your friend Buy Danish takes exception to that word. You wouldn’t want that would you gilled one? Bread ball?

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Who cares about etch-a-sketch=conservatives.

who do conservatives vote for -anybody but Romney.

ergo who cares what conservatives think. you won’t vote for Romney in primary anyway.

Conservatives in the general will vote for OBAMA because the etch-a-sketch bothers them.

give me a break(don’t ask which arm)

gerry-mittbot-ducking for cover

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Memo to the base: Romney and his campaign are not talking to you. In fact, they gave up on you ages ago. Romney will get the nomination without you, and he’ll get to the White House without you. And it’s true, once there, he won’t give a crap about you. It doesn’t mean he will govern as a liberal, because he isn’t one, but he won’t owe you anything.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

And people like this guy wonder why Mitt is floundering and can’t wrap this up.

If Mitt’s supporters are as narrow-minded and as arrogant as “Mr. Arkadin,” they have no prayer getting the Reagan Democrats or disillusioned Obama voters, let alone anyone else.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Danielvito and Dr. Tesla- perfect together

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Illinois had it’s worst turnout in 70 years in the run-up to the “most important election in your lifetime.”

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Let’s quit with your false meme (and Newt was using the same falsehood this morning) already.

There were over 900,000 votes in the GOP primary in Illinois yesterday, more than the number in 2008. Someone posted the detail number in the open thread last night, and if you want to confirm that , go to CNN or Google, and add them up yourself. Romney got more votes yesterday than McCain, the winner in IL, got in 2008. The low turnout was in Cook County, and decreased number was on the democrat side, where Barry was running unopposed ( or the dems were showing less enthusiasm for Barry). So you are factually incorrect.

And if it were true that the total votes were less than 2008, yet Romney got more votes yesterday than McCain did in 2008, the conclusion would be Santorum and Newt were not getting people to vote for them, hence the total number was less.

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

No one who wants to attract voters to his candidate will be this arrogant and insulting, and reflecting badly on Romney.

evergreenland on March 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Take a look at this clown.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

katy the mean old lady on March 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Then we deserve another four years of Obama.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

At this point, I’m just fine with the ABR crowd abandoning the GOP ticket and going elsewhere with their vote. Romney crushed the competition without any help from these retards anyway.

If you’re too childish to understand that all candidates pivot their outreach from the primary to a general election, you know absolutely nothing about politics.

It wasn’t even Mitt Romney that said it, it was a campaign aide telling a universal truth that ALL campaigns eventually do, both Republican and Democrat.

It’s Romney or Obama now, but I’d be just fine if you want to take your ball home and cry about it.

BradTank on March 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Yep, you nailed it once again, and according to some on this thread, they are the “adults” in the room.

This primary is just so pathetic.

Sigh…..

I’m out. Catch you folks latah!

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Then we deserve another four years of Obama.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

If that happens, Mitt and his supporters have no one to blame but themselves.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

actually you one of the biggest Palin haters on this site!

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The long-time Romney advisor told the truth about Romney’s approach, and confirmed what many people have thought about Romney: that he will say whatever he needs to say to win a particular election, but will pivot like a weather vane when the political winds shift direction.

He was for the individual mandate and government-run healthcare before he was against it.

Etc., etc., etc.

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

HumpBot Salvation on March 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

No azzwipe you build a coalition from your base conservatives out, NOT FROM THE SQISHY MIDDLE TO CONSERVATIVE!

Your are a fool!

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

If you look back at the Republican Primaries and general elections of 1976 and 1980, you’ll find that in 1976 the candidate of “pale pastels” and the candidate of “bold colors” battled for the Republican nomination. The candidate of “pale pastels” won the Republican nomination… and then lost the general election.

In 1980, the candidate of “bold colors” won the Republican nomination and the general election.

I prefer candidates to be “bold colors, not pale pastels”.

Be bold. Be who you are. Stand firm on conservative principles. And win.

Romney 2012 is McCain 2008 deja vu.

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

If that happens, Mitt, and his supporters, and the rest of America have no one to blame but themselves. will be pointing their fingers at people like you.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Fixed.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Then we deserve another four years of Obama.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDkYZWeeVg

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Stocks in etch-a-sketches will go up, as did broccoli under Bush, the elder.

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.

Innately they know it. He has no core.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I understand Newt’s wedding vows were written on an Etch-a-Sketch.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

“Awww, but he’s not Obama”.

Wow, but how little less is he?

Both are passive-aggessive narcissists, in it for themselves.

Both will say/do anything to buy votes.

To Hell with both!

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Romney 2012 is McCain 2008 deja vu.

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Only realistic difference between the two is, McCant won by pure attrition. Mitt has been using his SuperPACs to character-assassinate his opponents.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

If Mitt’s supporters are as narrow-minded and as arrogant as “Mr. Arkadin,” they have no prayer getting the Reagan Democrats or disillusioned Obama voters, let alone anyone else.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Guess what, Myron, he’s getting them, day after day, primary after primary, caucus after caucus. He’s also getting Tea Party People, evangelicals, Catholics, and conservatives. The only people he isn’t getting is the ABR crowd, which is max 20% of the electorate. So what? He doesn’t need you to win.

We already know he doesn’t give a crap about the voters. Too bad you don’t
katy the mean old lady on March 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Wrong. Romney no longer gives a rat’s behind about you, katy. You had your chance. It didn’t have to be this way. It wasn’t for lack of trying. He’s tried and tried and tried, over and over again, to no avail. So, buh bye! Romney is now happy to pay attention to the 60% of the voters who will put him in the White House. He doesn’t need you. Not only won’t he be calling, he won’t be picking up the phone!

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Exactly, bluegill. Gaffe after supposed gaffe, and we hear the endless caterwauling: “That’s it!. He’s sh*t on the base for the last time! I’d rather vote for Obama than that clown!”, yet Romney keeps on amassing delegates. Go ahead and vote for Obama. You’ll get him to 40%, maybe 45. He still loses.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The only people who would believe that are the embarrassing, gullible people, like the ones who rant about birth certificates and think our nominee should call Obama a Muslim. Don’t insult the Republican base by saying this small number of idiots represents the base. And don’t insult the real Republican base, who couldn’t care less about this etch-a-sketch quote nonsense.

You may not have noticed, but Romney keeps winning and will continue to win without the embarrassing dunderhead voting bloc. I think Santorum already has a lock on the moron vote, and his campaign still has zero chance of getting the nomination.

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Video: Newt, Santorum now taunting Romney with Etch-a-Sketches on the trail

Newt and Santy need to hit the dusty trail and ride off into the sunset.

Rovin on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I love how some want to deflect from this super-fiasco on the part of the 2nd to the smartest team, evah…by demolishing the other candidate.

Yep, Mitt spent 20 times more in Illinois, for meager numbers at the voting booths, not running ads why one should vote for him, but rather all on how “bad, bad, bad” all the others are.

Why on Earth should one vote for Mitt?

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Kataklysmic on March 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I totally am positive marxist 4 life will pull the lever for slick and not obama bin laden !

/

cableguy615 on March 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Nice grade-school antics. Learn to accept responsibility for a change.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/20/voter-turnout-extremely-low-for-illinois-primary/

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Turnout for Tuesday’s Illinois primary in Chicago was a meager 24 percent, officials said.

It was the lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

At this point, I’m just fine with the ABR crowd abandoning the GOP ticket and going elsewhere with their vote. Romney crushed the competition without any help from these retards anyway.

If you’re too childish to understand that all candidates pivot their outreach from the primary to a general election, you know absolutely nothing about politics.

It wasn’t even Mitt Romney that said it, it was a campaign aide telling a universal truth that ALL campaigns eventually do, both Republican and Democrat.

It’s Romney or Obama now, but I’d be just fine if you want to take your ball home and cry about it.

BradTank on March 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

And you won’t blame the “ABR crowd” “retards” for their lack of support if it should turn out in November that there weren’t quite enough independents and moderates willing to exchange Obama for Romney?

Aitch748 on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

dunderhead , moron

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Bmore on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Why on Earth should one vote for Mitt?

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Because Obama dreams of being a dictator, and I’d hate for that to happen more than it already has.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM

So turnout most likely was higher in outside of Chicago trying to lift Santorum and beat Romneys numbers in Chicago- which are Dems voting for the one they want Obama to run against and win in Nov. And they came up short.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Guess what, Myron, he’s getting them, day after day, primary after primary, caucus after caucus. He’s also getting Tea Party People, evangelicals, Catholics, and conservatives. The only people he isn’t getting is the ABR crowd, which is max 20% of the electorate. So what? He doesn’t need you to win.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

It’s not the ABR crowd you should be worried about. It’s the core base of your own party that you need to win an election, the very same core you repeatedly say he doesn’t need.

I’m getting my popcorn out. Watching people like you suffering mental breakdowns like this is actually pretty amusing…

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Because Obama dreams of being a dictator, and I’d hate for that to happen more than it already has.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The land will be lost with both, with one just slower.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

This is just more of the same old gotcha politics that we have seen throughout this entire disappointing campaign season. All of the candidates have played it including Romney. When I see it I tend to think less of the ones who participate in it.

I think this hurts Romney a little, but Santorum and Gingrich look like idiots playing childish games.

steel guy on March 21, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Dumb staffer mistake. Fortunately he is not Romney.

scotash on March 21, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Turnout for Tuesday’s Illinois primary in Chicago was a meager 24 percent, officials said.

It was the lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Only flaw with that stat is, how many dead people are still registered to vote in Illinois? You and I know they will never go away… :P

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:44 PM

The land will be lost with both, with one just slower.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Obama pals around with terrorists. Mitt did some blue things in a blue state. They’re not even remotely the same species.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I see Willard’s faithful are winning more friends and influencing ever more people.

I’ve said this for months. I won’t vote for another republican squish. McCain was my last.

Maybe you can find something innovative to call me when you get around to your insultin’.

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I’m getting my popcorn out. Watching people like you suffering mental breakdowns like this is actually pretty amusing…

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

.
Watching ABR darling EgoNewt shilling for Think Progress is very amusing. Soros super-pac dollars possibly Newtie ?

FlaMurph on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

This is just more of the same old gotcha politics that we have seen throughout this entire disappointing campaign season. All of the candidates have played it including Romney. When I see it I tend to think less of the ones who participate in it.

I think this hurts Romney a little, but Santorum and Gingrich look like idiots playing childish games.

steel guy on March 21, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The only people that are truly benefiting from this whole mess are the fine folks at the Ohio Art Company.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Has anyone PhotoShopped Romney holding up an iPad Etch-A-Sketch with Drudge on it?

Christien on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The land will be lost with both, with one just slower.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Oh for heaven’s sake. Stop that.

This country is bigger than any one person and one political party. We have a crazy person in office now that needs to be removed. If not, then what he has started will take several years to undo. The country needs to bounce back (which it always does) but it needs a shot in the arm and a Republican president will have that effect. I don’t understand how anyone thinks that if Romney gets the nomination that it would not be in his best interest to get in there and reflect the complete opposite of Obama. He will have job security for the next eight years if he starts off with drastic measures that change the direction we are going, lifts the malaise and gets down to business.

Now snap out of it :).

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 8:50 PM

As soon as that curtain’s closed behind you in that voting booth, you’ll pull the lever for Romney then leave the booth pounding your chest proclaiming that you didn’t vote for him.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Good then, at least it is another vote to get rid of Hugobama.

arnold ziffel on March 21, 2012 at 8:50 PM

They’re not even remotely the same species.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

They both have no spine, no core, and have the same personalities, passive-aggressive narcissistic princes…obsessed with their daddies.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Maybe you can find something innovative to call me when you get around to your insultin’.

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Closet Obama Lover.

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

They both have no spine, no core, and have the same personalities, passive-aggressive narcissistic princes…obsessed with their daddies.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Yeah yeah, and one pals around with terrorists…. go on.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

As if anyone needed any more proof that Ohio Art is LOVING this…

Statement:

Happy to see Etch A Sketch, an American classic toy, is DRAWING attention with political candidates as a cultural icon and important piece of our society. A profound toy, highly recognized and loved by all, is now SHAKING up the national debate. Nothing is as quintessentially American as Etch A Sketch and a good old fashion political debate.

We are pleased with the added attention being drawn to Etch A Sketch which is truly one of the most recognizable, iconic and fun toys ever developed. As one of the most classic toys of all time, Etch A Sketch has always sold particularly well with today’s consumer. It is too early to tell, but we are hopeful to see if there is an uptake in sales given this recent exposure.

The Ohio Art Company has been in the toy business for more than 100 years and Etch A Sketch for over five decades. Our company values bringing smiles to kids faces and providing hours of fun playtime for young kids.


Martin Killgallon
Senior VP Marketing & Product Development

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 8:50 PM

You said “a Republican president”.

Thanks for the pep-talk :)

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

So turnout most likely was higher in outside of Chicago trying to lift Santorum and beat Romneys numbers in Chicago- which are Dems voting for the one they want Obama to run against and win in Nov. And they came up short.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Try to make some sense.

On one hand you are saying the votes in Chicago are false because those were Dem voting for Romney. On the other you are saying the votes in Chicago was only 24% of the historical primary vote numbers. So how did Romney get 100000 more than Santorum. You were linking to a local Chicago TV station saying turnout in Chicago was low. Those were Dem not turning up to vote for Barry.

Do some actual work instead of shooting off, and they were already done for you yesterday in the open thread about the IL primary. Take a pencil and paper and add up the actual votes for each one running and compare the numbers to the total votes in 2008.

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Memo to the base: Romney and his campaign are not talking to you. In fact, they gave up on you ages ago. Romney will get the nomination without you, and he’ll get to the White House without you. And it’s true, once there, he won’t give a crap about you. It doesn’t mean he will govern as a liberal, because he isn’t one, but he won’t owe you anything.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

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And people like this guy wonder why Mitt is floundering and can’t wrap this up.

If Mitt’s supporters are as narrow-minded and as arrogant as “Mr. Arkadin,” they have no prayer getting the Reagan Democrats or disillusioned Obama voters, let alone anyone else.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM

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Then we deserve another four years of Obama.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

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If that happens, Mitt and his supporters have no one to blame but themselves.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

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If that happens, Mitt, and his supporters, and the rest of America have no one to blame but themselves. will be pointing their fingers at people like you.

Fixed.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

(1) Some of us already know we’ll be blamed if Romney loses in the general, as I still suspect he will, so threatening us with the possibility of being blamed isn’t going to accomplish much.

(2) On the other hand, maybe you should coordinate better with Mr. Arkadin and bluegill, who are telling us that we won’t be missed if we don’t show up to vote in November.

We won’t be missed, but we will be blamed if Romney doesn’t win. Because the Romney supporters won’t be asking themselves what they could have done better; they’ll just scream at us that we’re Obama supporters, that we’ve doomed the country, and that we need to get the f___ out of their party. (Of course, some of us here are already independents who only HAPPEN to have been voting GOP only as long as we could continue to believe that voting GOP might help to protect our liberties, keep government spending in check, and keep enemies foreign and domestic from killing Americans.)

Aitch748 on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

the antics of Santorum and Gingrich show they are not ready for prime time leadership of this country. that is why the base is not voting for them and they are not winning in the delegate count or in the vote count. so this magical base that isn’t trusting Romney really isn’t trusting Santorum or Gingrich, at least the last time I checked.

they may want to appear as though they are not ‘party’ first, but this isn’t even country first. this is me first. egomaniacal and that should cause everyone to pause, as we already have that in the WH damaging this country. i truly believe that Gingrich and Santorum don’t care about this country as they are working very hard to damage Romney so Obama gets re-elected. they don’t care about this country, they care only about themselves.

they are turning off a lot of independents like myself, who will never vote for these immature joksters no matter how ‘true’ conservative they say they are (what a lie). today proved they are not leaders ready to take this country out of the immature grip of the egomaniacal Obama.

uhangtight on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I understand Newt’s wedding vows were written on an Etch-a-Sketch.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

This comment is funny no matter who you are!

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Also when the lovely Mr. Chavez was coop de gracied they should have made certain he stayed that way—permanently. When he returned, Mr. Ziffel said “bet that don’t happen again.”

arnold ziffel on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Yeah yeah, and one pals around with terrorists…. go on.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

If you’d have had the terrorist’s very rich parents pay for your Harvard education, you’d pal around with their son too.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Has anyone PhotoShopped Romney holding up an iPad Etch-A-Sketch with Drudge on it?

Christien on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

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LOL – Ok – now THAT’S funny ABR stuff. Well played.
Try to get your sour puss buds to not be so depressed with Mittski. Please try.

But seriously- Mittens will be fighting the “War on women“, Rep 1% Racism and religious bigotry in the run up to November. Whether you are using an etch-a-sketch (although we dodged another bullet had this advisor said “white Board“) or other visual aid- The slate will be wiped clean for the “DNC connect the dots” game.

FlaMurph on March 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Newt’s flipflopped just as many times as Romney, I’m willing to bet. It’s just on less high-profile things than abortion.

LunaLovegood on March 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Flip

Flop

Gelsomina on March 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM

If you’d have had the terrorist’s very rich parents pay for your Harvard education, you’d pal around with their son too.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

No I wouldn’t.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Has anyone PhotoShopped Romney holding up an iPad Etch-A-Sketch with Drudge on it?

Christien on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Hell, why not Photoshop Chris Christie holding an Etch-A-Sketch with Ann Coulter on it?

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

This comment is funny no matter who you are!

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Hey, but you missed mine”

Why did Newt hold up his marriage vow in that picture?

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

but I guess you have to look at the picture introducing the thread.

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

No I wouldn’t.

Ronnie on March 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Foremost, you wouldn’t have them pay for it in the first place.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Does anyone really believe Rick and Newt helped themselves with these antics? They look rediculous. Is this what a president look like?

steel guy on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Has anyone PhotoShopped Romney holding up an iPad Etch-A-Sketch with Drudge on it?

Christien on March 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Hell, why not Photoshop Chris Christie holding an Etch-A-Sketch with Ann Coulter on it?

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

You guys are good.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

It’s not the ABR crowd you should be worried about. It’s the core base of your own party that you need to win an election, the very same core you repeatedly say he doesn’t need.

I’m getting my popcorn out. Watching people like you suffering mental breakdowns like this is actually pretty amusing…

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

While you are chomping on that popcorn, Myron, why don’t you define the core of the party for me, the base? That’s another headache inducing shriek I hear all day long: “Romney has trouble with his base! Romney hates the base! Romney can’t close the deal with the base!”. So, who is the base?

Is it Tea Party people? Well, lot’s of Tea Party people vote for Romney, according to exit polls. Evangelicals? Romney doesn’t get all of that vote, but he picks up a chunk of it. True Conservatives? Romney gets a slice of that pie, as well. Southerners? Romney is not strong in the South, but he’s had a few successes. The Midwest? Romney’s had some big wins there. Non-college educated working class? Hey, Romney has picked up some of that vote as well.

So, what is the base? As far as I can tell, it can only be Republicans who don’t like Romney, for whatever reason. So the base is the ABR crowd, right? And if you are real, hard-core ABR, you are going to stay home in the general, or vote for Obama. Good for you! You are 20% of the electorate, max. More like 5-10 when push comes to shove. That’s pretty weak tea, and a pretty weak position from which to be acting like you run the show.

The Emperor has no clothes. You had better put more butter on that popcorn.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

they both have no spine, no core, and have the same personalities, passive-aggressive narcissistic princes…obsessed with their daddies.
Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

So maybe this election is without new “consequences”.

Maybe not a bad thing.

Unless you have a color preference for First Ladies.

FlaMurph on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Closet Obama Lover.

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Not even close. But, stupidity like yours is why I left the republican party.

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Playing up stupid crap like this that will eventually cost us the election.

It was fine when we had other candidates with a REALISTIC chance of winning the primary…

This one is pretty much resolved – crap like this now only adds fuel for Obama and makes it easier for him to win a 2nd term.

Thanks HA..thanks a damn lot..not smiling..

celt on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Where do Republican candidates get their campaign staff. We’ve been treated to the McCain staffs back biting revelations and now this brain dead comment. What next, does he go on MSNBC to explain to Rachel how Romney is fooling these conservatives?

If this guy isn’t gone by tomorrow’s news cycle Romney is history.

Nomas on March 21, 2012 at 9:04 PM

We won’t be missed, but we will be blamed if Romney doesn’t win. Because the Romney supporters won’t be asking themselves what they could have done better; they’ll just scream at us that we’re Obama supporters, that we’ve doomed the country, and that we need to get the f___ out of their party. (Of course, some of us here are already independents who only HAPPEN to have been voting GOP only as long as we could continue to believe that voting GOP might help to protect our liberties, keep government spending in check, and keep enemies foreign and domestic from killing Americans.)

Aitch748 on March 21, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Great summation. Basically, we are being treated as battered women by the Mittbots. Right now, they beat us up as they are proclaiming to NOT want us, and, should he lose in November, they will beat us up again because we left them behind.

It’s a deeply cruel analogy, but seriously, there is no better comparison.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I sat down to read Romneycares most conservative 57 point economic plan and his plan for overturning Romney/Obamcare. I went to get a sammich and when I came back the dog had gotten out of its car top kennel, knocked the etch a sketch to the floor obliterating the 57 point plan and the brilliant idea to over turn Romney/Obamacare.

All that was left was Won line, just two words,
YOUR SCREWED!

Sums it I guess, thank God for Etch a Sketch, Steve Jobs and Andrew Breitbart, now deceased.

ConcealedKerry on March 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Unless you have a color preference for First Ladies.

FlaMurph on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I don’t. They and their husbands c/b lavender, green or pink and I still wouldn’t care. It’s their philosophies. Period.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Not even close. But, stupidity like yours is why I left the republican party.

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Now that’s just silly. Some of us understand this election is much more important than searching the wilderness for perfection. But good luck to you. I hope you find what you are looking for. In the meantime, the rest of us will be doing our part to overthrow the king.

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Hell, why not Photoshop Chris Christie holding an Etch-A-Sketch with Ann Coulter on it?

I would photoshop Chris Christie with a cream pie.

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

What is all this talk about INDEPENDENTs and Conservatives as separate embodiments?

I am an independent, a Vietnam era veteran, and a conservative. DOES anyone get it? You can be all of these things – they don’t have to exist separately. And I still don’t understand what Romney really stands for and what he intends to do about the economy, taxes, federal spending, and the deficit. He apparently supports the Federal Reserve, which creates money out of debt and allows politicians to do whatever they want without consulting taxpayers (but puts them on the hook for all the debt and interest payments) including expanding the welfare state and fighting “continuos wars for continuous peace.”

The etch-a-sketch comment by Romney’s communication director is very irritating. The number one highlight of Romney’s campaign is his negative adds funded by his Superpac. And the idea that the campaigns don’t communicate with their superpacs (regardless of the laws – which are a joke anyway) is just crazy. They (the campaigns) find a way to do it that hopefully can’t be detected just like our insider-trading-legal politicians find ways to get the word of what’s coming to the managers of their so-called blind investment trusts.

Personally, I think the Obama campaign prefers Romney over anyone else exactly because of his record and his wimpish, humorless persona that just does not connect with most people in any way that gets them really stoked to go out and work for his election. I want Obama removed, too. And I am definitely not sure that Romney is the best possible candidate to put forward to achieve that result.

Falcon46 on March 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

That’s the kind of myth making that I was talking about earlier. That and the endless, “but how do we know that he really will work to repeal ObamaCare, just because he promised to on a daily basis?”

Some people convince themselves of these ridiculous notions just because they want them to be true. And then having convinced themselves, come to loath him as much as PBHO on the basis of their own self-deception or uncritical thinking.

MJBrutus on March 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

“Read my lips, no new taxes.”

Sound familiar? We had a lot more reason to believe that pledge from Bush 41, and it was much more firmly stated, than Romney’s pledge to end Obamacare. Everyone knew that breaking that promise would be politically disastrous for him.

But did he keep it? No.

Ridiculing people who don’t believe Romney is telling the truth makes no sense. Politicians frequently make promises they can’t keep, and there’s no evidence that Romney really sees Obamacare as that big of a problem.

tom on March 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Given that neither Gingrich or Santorum have a mathematical chance of becoming the nominee I’m wondering what is the point of the Muslim Pundit’s Romney bashing.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

This one is pretty much resolved – crap like this now only adds fuel for Obama and makes it easier for him to win a 2nd term.

Thanks HA..thanks a damn lot..not smiling..

celt on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

You do realize somewhere north of 95% of the population does NOT read HotGas, but 95% of the population does watch American Idol, Sat. night Live, Jay Leno,Letterman,Stewart,OBrien, Maher, CNN, NBC,CBS,ABC, or MSNBC!

HotGas and conservatives didn’t give this gift to Obama, Romney INC. did, this guy is McSame all over again and like McSame it won’t be conservatives fault when the Lyin kING kicks his azz.

ConcealedKerry on March 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

In a previous post I said that Romney is history, implying that I would not vote for him in the general election. To be clear, Obama’s policies are such a danger to the USA that if the Republicans were running a yellow dog in November I would vote for him.

Nomas on March 21, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Romney holding up iPad showing Drudge Report.

Just begging for an Etch-A-Sketch Photoshop.

Christien on March 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This is a center-right country. Romney will run as a center-right candidate and, unlike Obama, he will mean it. He will win.

Let Gingrich and Senator Sweater Chest keep playing with their Etch-a-Sketches. It’s free air time for the Romney campaign.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

More likely, the Democrats will outpander him, and his lack of appeal to conservatives to balance that out will hand Obama a victory by roughly 51% to 49%, or about 320 electoral votes. Or, in other words, Obama’s abominable record will cost him about 1% of the vote from the last election.

Then we’ll hear more speculation from the media about the death of the Republican party.

And, of course, Romney supporters will be blaming the conservatives for not voting for him. I expect a lot of ranting about “temper tantrums” and “brattiness,” mixed with a healthy amount of muttering about “true conservatives throwing away the future of the country.”

tom on March 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM

INC:
I’m aware of WHO made the ‘original’ Etch-a Sketch comment this morning. I’m also aware of the context and the point that he was trying to make about the nature of politics. This comment was seized upon by those who wish to use it to their own advantage to denigrate not only Romney, but by many Democrats who wish to use it to summarize the character and nature of the GOP as well.

My point about it being used as ‘childish imagery’ stands. Have you SEEN the photo of Gingrich brandishing one and trying equate the mechanics of a children’s toy and Romney’s stance on policy issues? Suggesting that Romney has lied through his teeth when he’s stated his position on virtually every issue of import? This, from the man who said outright that he was remaining in the race to try and spoil Romney’s chances, despite his own inability to win even if he could find some arcane means to manipulate the delegates, with NO REGARD for the impact or damage that the floor fight and ‘contested convention’ that he desired would have on the GOP as a whole OR our chances of taking the White House or the Senate. Have you read the MANY comments on this forum trying to equate that toy with Romney’s personality, his politics, and his core beliefs? Childish doesn’t begin to cover that kind of behavior.

Its is time to put this foolish bickering aside and support the nominee. Politics is NOT a sport, despite the tendency by some to use those same hackneyed and shopworn similes and metaphors often applied to sporting contests when discussing politics. Its time to decide if you want this nation run by an administration that is capable of meeting the enormous challenges before us, or a continuation of the abject failure that is the Obama administration. To continue to bash our likely nominee is to lend a helping hand to the Obama campaign team.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Let’s put it this way- I live in the burbs of Chicago. I voted yesterday. I work at a place in another burb that hosts the elections.

They were deader than doorknobs. I was the 125 person at 430 in the afternoon. There was only one person before me and one person after me. There was no line.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

sherry on March 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’d like to wish you luck, too, but the simple fact is that you won’t be having any. You’re going to end up in exactly the same place you’d be with Obama. You’ll have your king. He’ll have an (R) behind his name instead of a (D). The effect will be the same.

Until you understand your errors in this, you and the country will suffer. I guess it needs to be this way. Some lessons need to be learned the hard way.

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

This conversation is beyond absurd. Romney has Judge Robert Bork vetting all of his federal judicial appointments, and the skeptics still believe “Romney is going to nominate a Leftist to the Supreme Court.”

People, you dance with those who brung ya in this business.

Romney is the most shrewd candidate the GOP has nominated in two decades and conservatives are too myopic and stupid to realize the crossover appeal this guy has.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

celt on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

You are a one delusional person. Blame Mitt’s top adviser who said this, at a most inoportune time.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

You do realize somewhere north of 95% of the population does NOT read HotGas, but 95% of the population does watch American Idol, Sat. night Live, Jay Leno,Letterman,Stewart,OBrien, Maher, CNN, NBC,CBS,ABC, or MSNBC!

ConcealedKerry on March 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I realize it, and I’ll bet Romney and Fehrnstrom realize it, too. That’s why they just sent the 60% of the electorate that is in play the message that Romeny is their man.

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.

Read it again. It is no gaffe. That question could not have been more clear. It was not “Are you and the Governor worried that the base’s lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy will keep him from 1144 or hurt him in the general.” Fehrnstrom answered the question clearly, and as it was meant to be answered.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Given that neither Gingrich or Santorum have a mathematical chance of becoming the nominee I’m wondering what is the point of the Muslim Pundit’s Romney bashing.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Blame Mitt’s ‘superb’ team’s adviser, who uttered this stupidity, at a most inoportune time.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

In the 08 election I was the 87th voter at 930am.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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