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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Love me some Newt. He’s the only one making this primary worth tuning into.

alwaysfiredup on March 21, 2012 at 9:28 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.

Dumbest quote I’ve heard all night. Like people actually take exit polls SERIOUSLY.

Evangelicals? Romney doesn’t get all of that vote, but he picks up a chunk of it.

But with no convincing reason to vote FOR him. Evangelical leadership is still stuck between Newt and Rick, with few – if ANY – supporting Mitt.

True “Severe” Conservatives? Romney gets a slice of that pie, as well.

FIFY.

Southerners? Romney is not strong in the South, but he’s had a few successes.

Florida is a different state than Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, where he lost. Virginia is incomparable by virtue of him and Ron being the only candidates there.

The Midwest? Romney’s had some big wins there.

Don’t make me laugh. He had to campaign in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, all three of which should never have been the case. All along, he won with sheer money and SuperPAC attack ads. No positives or tangible reasons to vote FOR him.

Non-college educated working class? Hey, Romney has picked up some of that vote as well.

The Reagan Democrats. Highly debatable.

So, what is the base? As far as I can tell, it can only be Republicans who don’t like Romney, for whatever reason is Republicans who hold an actual backbone and solid conservative principles.

FIFY again.

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.

If we are so unimportant, then why must you attack us just like a Democrat?

Proof positive your ‘fuzzy math’ is sheer B.S.

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

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

I already am.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:29 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

Touche! :)

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

You start kind of warming to the idea of it being Romney. This has happened a few times. Then something happens. Like he says he’s “not concerned about the very poor,” or an advisor says they won’t really repeal O-Care in full, now this.
Romney’s views are resetable like an etch-a-sketch, and implicit in this is that he puts on a front for the base, will reinvent himself for the fall. And return to MA Romneycare if he were to be prez. At the very least, as this is flagrantly egregious, ROMNEY NEEDS TO FIRE THIS NIMWIT campaign advisor immediately.

Anything less, and our worst fears about Mittney are realized. Take it all the way to the convention.

anotherJoe on March 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The most dangerous person to Mitt Romney’s campaign is: Mitt Romney.

He HIRED this buffoon.

ajacksonian on March 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

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

And the ensuing answer was SO BAD, it has turned into an automatic liability for Romney.

It is a gaffe, no matter how hard you try to ignore it.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

anotherJoe on March 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Eric’s been with Mitt a long time. He’s not going to fire him.

Besides Mitt could fill a book with all the gaffes he’s made.

So could Gingrich and Santorum.

As the saying goes among the presidntial candidates “ON TO THE NEXT GAFFE”

lol

gerry-mittbot-never makes an error

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Mittbama supporters deserve another Obama term.

Jayrae on March 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

trigon on March 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

You’re so right. Why even bother? Let’s all give up and become Europe.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

You’re so right. Why even bother? Let’s all give up and become Europe.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

They were a good band, you know.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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

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

I already am.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Good. Then when you need your open heart surgery and get denied because Obamacare won’t cover it, you can then say to yourself while in hospice care, “I wish i would’ve voted for Romney instead of doing nothing because then maybe Obamacare could have been repealed.”

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

They were a good band, you know.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

No, they only had the one good song. Now, White Lion, they kicked ass.

Music brings everyone together. :)

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

“I wish i would’ve voted for Romney instead of doing nothing because then maybe Obamacare could have been repealed.”

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

That’s a completely inane comment. Romney isn’t going to repeal ObamaCare, because he doesn’t have the power. Congress might, MIGHT, repeal ObamaCare, but Mitt will not lift a finger to help it along.

alwaysfiredup on March 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Good. Then when you need your open heart surgery and get denied because Obamacare won’t cover it, you can then say to yourself while in hospice care, “I wish i would’ve voted for Romney instead of doing nothing because then maybe Obamacare could have been repealed.”

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I’ll take a rowboat to Costa Rica before THAT happens.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

been up to neck with work today. missed all the action. how’s the romney coronation going?

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Do you think “Team Player” Santorum won’t sell out his cherished “conservative principles” for the benefit of the party when he’s called upon to do so? And do you people really think Newt is Reagan incarnate? Didn’t he back global warming legislation?

what you need to realize is none of these candidates is the ideal conservative, but anyone one of them is way better than Obama.

You have to face it, we all are choosing between a contest pitting airline food vs. hospital food vs. elementary school cafeteria food.

None of them are really appealing but they are Ruth’s Crist Steakhouse compared to the rat poison we’re getting served with now.

The sooner we can all accept this as reality, the easier this will be for everyone.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM

That’s a completely inane comment. Romney isn’t going to repeal ObamaCare, because he doesn’t have the power. Congress might, MIGHT, repeal ObamaCare, but Mitt will not lift a finger to help it along.

alwaysfiredup on March 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

EXACTLY. Should the Senate fall under GOP hands, it may be plausible (although do NOT discount the Dems with their never-ending filibusterer stunts to prevent it from being passed).

Either way, it will be the absence of leadership and a bully pulpit on Mitt’s part. He cannot explicitly campaign for Obamacare’s repeal because he is so deeply invested in Romneycare, but he likely will sign a repeal if it’s politically beneficial for him to do so. Unless he want to brazenly veto it, at which point his presidency will be over before it even began.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Romney responds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RX6K1-RuI0&feature=player_embedded

Not to be seen here on Hot Air.

That is what we need, more lies….”I governed as a CONSERVATIVE governor in MASS.”

Geez….I would have given him some leeway as he tries to spin this, but then he had to claim that he was a conservative governor; maybe someone shook him instead of the etch-a-sketch.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

That’s a completely inane comment. Romney isn’t going to repeal ObamaCare, because he doesn’t have the power. Congress might, MIGHT, repeal ObamaCare, but Mitt will not lift a finger to help it along.

alwaysfiredup on March 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

That’s an asinine comment. Anyone with the IQ of an amoeba can recognize that there’s huge political clout to gain from the repeal of Obamacare. They’d be a fool to pass up on this.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

The comment by Ferhstrom was a self-inflicted error, but will be forgotten by next week. Romney did not make the remark; a staffer did. It is the DNC pushing this story. It also is being over-hyped by Santo and Newt, both of whom would also be re-organizing their campaigns for a general election campaign if they won the nomination – they are cynical hypocrites.

A larger point. Most of us believe the nation is approaching a fiscal crisis within 5 years. Do you REALLY think that Romney, Boehner, and McConnell will continue these asinine economic policies? That they are unconcerned about the debt, believe we can carry on unsustainable spending with a debt crisis looming, and then have the GOP consigned to the political and economic graveyard when failure ensues? What GOP president would knowingly pursue policies that result in political and economic failure?

This is the most consequential election since 1980. If you don’t believe that Romney is today’s change agent to save our kids and grandkids from debt, doubt, and decline, then you don’t get this guy or you are not listening.

The status quo will not work or survive in 2013 and the new president and GOP Congress are going to enact the most sweeping economic reforms since the New Deal. If they don’t, we are all toast.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

That’s an asinine comment. Anyone with the IQ of an amoeba can recognize that there’s huge political clout to gain from the repeal of Obamacare. They’d be a fool to pass up on this.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Never assume that you’ve seen everything in life. Because you haven’t.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

And the ensuing answer was SO BAD, it has turned into an automatic liability for Romney.

It is a gaffe, no matter how hard you try to ignore it.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Myron, stop flossing your teeth for a moment and explain to me how that answer is a liability for Romney if the only people it alienates are not going to vote for him anyway? Meanwhile, 60% of the electorate has just been invited to Romney’s party.

Let’s see, a) pander to 20% of the electorate who hate me anyway, and by doing so alienate the 60% I need to win, or b) give up on the haters and hang out with the 60 percenters where I am a natural fit? If I am Romney I pick “b”.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Thanks for putting all the delusional ABR “why Romney can’t win” shibboleths in one post. Makes for easy reference.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

That is what we need, more lies….”I governed as a CONSERVATIVE governor in MASS.”

In Mass. any republican governor is considered conservative compared to our democratic nincompoops

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

jimver on March 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

So far the only person for you that is not childish is the person who actually did the childish thing and mentioned it on air, to a lefty journalist: Mitt’s own campaign chief.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

It is a gaffe, no matter how hard you try to ignore it.

Of course it’s a gaffe. Romney’s had 62 gazillion gaffes.

Santorum has 63 gazillion gaffes.

Newts had moon colonies and honeymooning in space.

this gaffe until the next gaffe.

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I’ll take a rowboat to Costa Rica before THAT happens.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Check out Ecuador on the beach, nice area for ex pats, that’s what we are looking at.

Dr Evil on March 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKRfZMj-oN4

Santorum with his etch-a-sketch…

MGardner on March 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Judge Robert Bork is heading Romney’s judicial selection panel for all federal judicial appointments, but I guess this isn’t good enough, either.

They’d rather have Obama than Romney making Supreme Court appointments, even when Romney’s choices were vetted by Robert Bork.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I love this. Romney’s econ adviser states $2.00 tax on gas will be great. Romney’s healthcare advisers – we will tweak not rid ourselves of Obamacare. Now, we are to believe that Romney will not put what these people say into practice but hey he will definitely listen to Judge Bork…..right!!!

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

T

hat’s a completely inane comment. Romney isn’t going to repeal ObamaCare, because he doesn’t have the power. Congress might, MIGHT, repeal ObamaCare, but Mitt will not lift a finger to help it along.

alwaysfiredup on March 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

That’s an asinine comment. Anyone with the IQ of an amoeba can recognize that there’s huge political clout to gain from the repeal of Obamacare. They’d be a fool to pass up on this.

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

It will be hard to repeal Obamacare. All sorts of entrenched interests will fight it. The media will weigh in heavily for Obamacare. I doubt Romney will stick with it to gain this “political clout,” when it’s far easier to make a few symbolic gestures, then compromise, then tout your compromise as an achievement.

“Read my lips, no new taxes.”

tom on March 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Thanks for putting all the delusional ABR “why Romney can’t win” shibboleths in one post. Makes for easy reference.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

And thank you for all your delusional “Romney is a GOD” posts that have clogged up this thread. They also make for easy reference as to the utter arrogance and stupidity of the typical Romney campaign lackey.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

at some point you almost feel bad for the romney supporters. until you remember they are no different than the obamabots.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

There is a 50-50 chance that the Supremes will solve the Obamacare problem by June.

If the court upholds Obamacare or punts, Romney is still well-positioned to ride the public anger. On day 1, Romney has promised a 50-state waiver, which can be accomplished by Executive Order. After that, Congress simply defunds the monstrosity and can repeal via budget reconciliation w 51 votes, not 60. What is enacted by
reconciliation can be repealed via reconciliation.

Moreover, unlike every other GOP nominee, the Dems cannot credibly assert that the GOP nominee “doesn’t care about health care for the uninsured.” This type of message matters to women and independents.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

at some point you almost feel bad for the romney supporters. until you remember they are no different than the obamabots.

Don’t feel sorry for me argentina, my guys winning the nomination

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

whats going to be romney incentive to repeal obamacare? he’s already blown off conservatives. he gains more power for the big government elitists if he simply holds his nose.

why should i believe mitt. today. tomorrow. next week.etc.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Another comment taken out of context. Not a surprise.

bball3212 on March 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM

agreed. just not hearts and minds.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:14 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

One anecdote means nothing, actual numbers tell a different story from yours. So the place you voted had only 125 people voting, yet there were 900000 votes casted yesterday. The sample you are drawing from and trying to use it to project is so tiny, it is meaningless. The total vote count was higher than 2008, and Romney had more votes than McCain the winner of IL primary in 2008.

Again, have you squared away your contradictions yet? Time and time again,data collected in MI and OH showed when the Dem showed up to do Operation Hilarity, they were casting votes for Santorum. Your wild conspiracy theory is that the votes in Chicago were ill-intentioned votes by Democrats and that succeeded in hurting your candidate. Do you have proof or data to support that? The significance of the impact, if such mischief actually was there, would be belied inadvertently by you, at the same time, trying to minimize Romney’s win, by claiming the turnout there was dismal.

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM

If the court upholds Obamacare or punts, Romney is still well-positioned to ride the public anger. On day 1, Romney has promised a 50-state waiver, which can be accomplished by Executive Order.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Executive orders mean NOTHING. When Obamacare was passed, Obama threw up an executive order promising that it would not supersede the Hyde Amendment (Rep. Bart Stupid fell for that ‘promise,’ and thus, his career came to a swift end).

Obama then went on to totally disregard that executive order with the edict forcing the Catholic Church to pay for abortion and birth control services.

You’d think that, with all the ballyhooing Team Mitt has gone on and on over the years about him being this hotshot turnaround expert, he would pledge to simply disband the DHHS in total and fire everyone in the department immediately upon a total restructuring.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:15 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

McCain had quite a bit of help from Romney in attaining that “attrition”…

How crappy would it be if Gingrich, right now, not only quit the race but also a week later “released” all of his delegates to Romney in an effort to make Santorum quit?

Well, that’s analogous to the crappy thing that Romney did on Valentine’s Day 2008 when he gave John McCain a big old wet kiss and “released” his delegates to McCain in an effort to get Huckabee to quit. I thought that was both dishonest and unethical.

Romney should have stayed in the race and kept fighting for the nomination, even if that meant a brokered convention in 2008. We would have ended up with a more conservative nominee, or at least kept McCain fighting for conservative voters longer before hitting the “reset button for the fall campaign” and shaking his Etch A Sketch.

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

whats going to be romney incentive to repeal obamacare? he’s already blown off conservatives. he gains more power for the big government elitists if he simply holds his nose.

why should i believe mitt. today. tomorrow. next week.etc.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The only reason Mitt would do so if it’s politically expedient for him. In effect, operating just like President Clinton would.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

An etch a sketch? That is all they have left??
Mitt should bring one with him that has the number of delegates he has contrasted with the number they have. Mad Santy would snatch it from his hands and break it.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Well, that’s analogous to the crappy thing that Romney did on Valentine’s Day 2008 when he gave John McCain a big old wet kiss and “released” his delegates to McCain in an effort to get Huckabee to quit. I thought that was both dishonest and unethical.

LMAO how is that unethical? That is what is normally done…normal candidates quit when their time is up. Santorum has no shot at the nomination. Neither does Gingrich. Candidates drop out when they no longer have a shot. That is called politics.

bball3212 on March 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but ad hominem attacks will never hurt me.

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM

the only reason Mitt would do so if it’s politically expedient for him. In effect, operating just like President Clinton would.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

people i talk to are not happy with mitt. no one jumps in your face, or gets upset when you disparage mitt. where in heavens name are his rabid supporters. i haven’t met any.

the mitt crowd would rather sip a latte at starbucks on a november night than go out and vote.

hay caramba!

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The comment by Ferhstrom was a self-inflicted error, but will be forgotten by next week. Romney did not make the remark; a staffer did. It is the DNC pushing this story. It also is being over-hyped by Santo and Newt, both of whom would also be re-organizing their campaigns for a general election campaign if they won the nomination – they are cynical hypocrites.

Excellent point, Matthew, and I’m glad you mentioned that it is the DNC pushing this out. I do wish you had mentioned how they are pushing the story, however:

Mitt Romney can’t be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign’s senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a “reset button” on any positions he’s taken during the primary campaign if he wins the nominations and faces off against President Obama in the fall

That’s from Think Progress, and is fairly typical. They are portraying this “gaffe” as a cynical attempt by Romney to disguise his “extreme right views” by faking his way to the center.
Of course, once Romney gets to the Presidency he will revert back to his natural “extreme right wing views” and enslave blacks, hang homosexuals, put women back in the kitchen, and, for good measure, mass baptize every U.S. citizen past present and future into the Mormom faith.

The left is terrified at the thought that Romney will make a successful move to the center-right, his natural home, because he will beat Obama by doing so. They must continue to paint him as a far right lunatic. Of course, this is very different from what Gingrich, Santorum, and the base think about the “gaffe”.

Did Romney’s team gaffe to the left or gaffe to the right? It can’t be both. Or perhaps it’s the third choice – they did exactly what they set out to do.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Puritan, you are missing a critical point. These are not normal times, this is not a normal election, and 2013 will witness the most significant budgetary changes since the New Deal. Which is why Paul Ryan updated his budget, to which Romney has already signed on – including entitlement reform.

I understand your skepticism, but this is not the election cycle for normal cynicism. The future of the nation is at stake, because the mounting debt is unsustainable, and we have about 5 years before a crisis hits. Romney and our congressional leaders understand all of this and are ready to lead. And the only window of opportunity is 2013 and early 2014.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

people i talk to are not happy with mitt. no one jumps in your face, or gets upset when you disparage mitt. where in heavens name are his rabid supporters. i haven’t met any.

the mitt crowd would rather sip a latte at starbucks on a november night than go out and vote.

hay caramba!

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

That is because we are adults where the ABR crowd are petulant children throwing temper tantrums.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Did Romney say this? No. Did Fehrnstrom say something stupid? Yes.

End of story…..unless it’s a really slow news day.

Rovin on March 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Is not Fehrnstrom Romney’s representative, being the top campaign adviser? What Fehrnstrom states, is the Romney campaign’s position.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Poll out today. Obama 50, Willard 42. In Virginia. Go ahead Mittens, win without conservatives. You can’t win. A state Bush easily won twice.

And who is this Mr Arkin? Mittens will win 60% LOL. Keep thinking that if it makes you sleep at night.

2012 will make 2008 look competitive.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

See, here’s the whole enchilada wrapped up in a nutshell:

Obama ran in 2008 and will run this time as the reasonable, moderate candidate and the vast majority of the liberal Democratic base will still show up in droves to vote for him because they know he really doesn’t mean it.

Just exactly the opposite is now true for Romney. Mitt is going to run as the reasonable, moderate and the vast majority of the conservative Republican base will have to be coaxed, cajoled, and even carried to vote for him because they know he really does mean it.

Knott Buyinit on March 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Geez it’s not like he is married to a secessionist, serial philanderer, or wannabe sex sheriff.
Etch a sketch…. gotta admit the desperation has the newties and santies digging awfully deep now.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Do you REALLY think that Romney, Boehner, and McConnell will continue these asinine economic policies?

Ah, yup.

That they are unconcerned about the debt, believe we can carry on unsustainable spending with a debt crisis looming, and then have the GOP consigned to the political and economic graveyard when failure ensues?

History says yes.

What GOP president would knowingly pursue policies that result in political and economic failure?

That’s easy, the magical pandering RINO. Because he just doesn’t know any better, and has no core principles that are not fungible on a week by week basis.

matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Sorry, recent history suggests many paths all leading to the same result.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM

LMAO how is that unethical? That is what is normally done…normal candidates quit when their time is up. Santorum has no shot at the nomination. Neither does Gingrich. Candidates drop out when they no longer have a shot. That is called politics.

bball3212 on March 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

It’s obvious that Ron is sticking around solely so he can lobby for a significant speaking role at the convention.

Rick and Newt are likely Gerding their Oswalds for the exact same thing. There’s little chance either will endorse Mitt in any way any time soon… because ‘hell hath no fury like a lover scorned.’

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

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

Oh thank you, now that my vote to Romney doesn’t matter and he does not need it. Tell your Mittbot friends to get off those who have serious concerns about this man and may decide not to vote for him anyways.

Don’t forget, if Romney loses the only blame will be according to YOU, is yourself and all moderates/liberals.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Romney and our congressional leaders understand all of this and are ready to lead. And the only window of opportunity is 2013 and early 2014.
matthew8787 on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The same leaders that gave Obama a 2 trillion debt increase last summer? Mitt-Tards on full delusional display.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

What? No sarc tag???

Gohawgs on March 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

That is because we are adults where the ABR crowd are petulant children throwing temper tantrums.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

So said while ignoring the persistent, childish attacks levied by rabid Mitt supporters.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Romney by 10 over Obama.

Obama counting on voter fraud to secure a victory
Romney counting on Anybody But Obama to win

My money is on the Mormon

Roy Rogers on March 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Of all the real issues that people could be discussing, and people are still talking about a childrens toy? Sorry folks, but we’ve been hearing all year how this or that gaff would cost Romney the nomination, and in each and every single case they had no effect.

I mean, lets be honest. What this adviser said was that going into the general from a primary is so different that its like a getting a blank slate to work with. This may not have been the right answer, but regardless it is a fairly simple straight forward analogy that falls together fairly quickly. I honestly find the idea that this is an admittance that they’ll flip, to be a rather strained piece of mental jujitsu. It’s a stretch, and looking at the entirety of his statement its fairly clear what he actually meant.

Between that, the fact that it wasn’t Romney that said it, and the fact that this has gotten little news coverage today amongst bigger stories that actually have substance, and I rather doubt anybody is gonna be talking about this even tomorrow.

By then we’ll probably be back to discussing unemployment, the obamacare trial, Iran, or any other number of subjects of actual substance. Anybody whose still talking about toys and the comments of a staffer, is essentially bringing a knife to a gun fight.

WolvenOne on March 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

That is because we are adults where the ABR crowd are petulant children throwing temper tantrums.
Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

i understand. but look at the next obama rally (a stiff drink helps) his supporters are going nuts. they can smell and taste the freebies his offering. they literally drools.
mitts rallies? dry as a bone. dude. can’t you see it. its a recipe for disaster. the turnout will be low. obama will raise the dead. romney will be Palinized. the poor guy doesn’t have the cojones. he wears mom jeans and waddles for heavens sake.

miit screams low t

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

If Romney doesn’t need cons, why do the tards get so bent out of shape when we say we won’t vote for him?

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

LMAO how is that unethical? That is what is normally done…normal candidates quit when their time is up. Santorum has no shot at the nomination. Neither does Gingrich. Candidates drop out when they no longer have a shot. That is called politics.

bball3212 on March 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

What Romney did on February 5th was promise to fight all the way to the convention.

What Romney did on February 7th was to break his promise less than 48 hours after making it, and quit. And oh, by the way, he lied about his reasons for quitting… it had absolutely NOTHING to do with terrorism. That’s the dishonest part.

On February 9th, Huckabee won a state primary with 60% of the vote. McCain was panicking… McCain was running out of public financing money, and without ads, he might continue to lose winner-take-all primaries to Huckabee. It was not impossible for Huckabee to win the nomination outright, or for Huckabee and Paul to force a brokered convention.

What Romney did on February 14th was unprecedented and unethical. He “released” his delegates to McCain, so that supposedly on first-round voting, all of Romney’s delegates could vote for McCain instead of Romney… making a brokered convention that much less likely.

Romney didn’t just quit and endorse McCain… Romney completely sold out and “released” his delegates to McCain.

A lot of Romney’s supporters falsely accused Mike Huckabee of a “back room deal” with McCain in order to win West Virginia. Huckabee had absolutely ZERO to do with McCain telling his supporters to caucus for Huckabee in the 2nd round. That was purely a strategic move by McCain. But you know who DID collaborate with McCain against another candidate? Mitt Romney, who couldn’t be satisfied with just “endorsing” McCain, he had to further and “release” his delegates to him.

Mitt Romney 2008: Promise breaker, quitter, liar, and back-room dealer.

Is Mitt Romney 2012 really any different?

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM

miit screams low t

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I know reasonable adults are the scourge of the earth for some.

Don’t be scared to grow up young un.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The John Kerry of the R party at least hired an honest staffer…

Gohawgs on March 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Alternate headline:

“Does anybody know how to draw a contract up on one of these things”

Bunsin2 on March 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57401138-503544/cbs-news-early-illinois-exit-polls-4-in-10-romney-santorum-voters-have-reservations/

4 in 10 don’t like their candidate. That is not going to translate into overcoming Obama’s money etc in November.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM

If Romney doesn’t need cons, why do the tards get so bent out of shape when we say we won’t vote for him?

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

In a word: sport. You and the HA 35 are so statistically insignificant you need 12 zeros to get to the percentile you fall into.
Like little pups you get all riled up and nip at people screaming “I’m voting for Obama. I’m voting for Obama because I have principles”

Kind of cute like watching a chihuahua clown show.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

ITguy on March 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM

awesome. just like an etch a sketch.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Wait…wait…you’re calling yourself a “reasonable adult”?

Bwahahahahahahahahaha…I can’t breathe…bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

Now that’s funny! Good joke!

kingsjester on March 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

kingsjester on March 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Tsk tsk kingslamest. You the wannabe green room writer and self appointed decider of who goes to hell….

Be honest. When you go to work you replay internet conversations you had to boost the ol ego about how tough you are. Doncha?

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

It will be hard to repeal Obamacare. All sorts of entrenched interests will fight it. The media will weigh in heavily for Obamacare. I doubt Romney will stick with it to gain this “political clout,” when it’s far easier to make a few symbolic gestures, then compromise, then tout your compromise as an achievement.

“Read my lips, no new taxes.”

tom on March 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

So in keeping with your argument, how would the Team Player or Mr. Cranky-Pants do any different?

Pcoop on March 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

An etch a sketch? That is all they have left??
Mitt should bring one with him that has the number of delegates he has contrasted with the number they have. Mad Santy would snatch it from his hands and break it.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

You forget to say “then he will cry and stick his thumb in his mouth”
Can they stop playing with toys and just quit the B$ already?

southernms on March 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

In a word: sport. You and the HA 35 are so statistically insignificant you need 12 zeros to get to the percentile you fall into.
Like little pups you get all riled up and nip at people screaming “I’m voting for Obama. I’m voting for Obama because I have principles”

Kind of cute like watching a chihuahua clown show.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Bear in mind you’re laughing so hard, you totally failed to notice that we are holding up a mirror in front of your face.

Again, if we are so “statistically insignificant,” then why bother to post on here?

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Can they stop playing with toys and just quit the B$ already?

LOL

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Kind of cute like watching a chihuahua clown show.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

i reject your false characterization of the chihuahua as a clown. they are loving creatures who show undying loyalty.

you got something against chihuahuas bro?

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

You noticed the word sport didn’t you?

Like fish in a barrel. And it is fascinating that you will reply
every.single.time. I shall call you Pavlov’s Pup.

Woof

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Tsk tsk kingslamest. You the wannabe green room writer and self appointed decider of who goes to hell….

Be honest. When you go to work you replay internet conversations you had to boost the ol ego about how tough you are. Doncha?

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Aww. You can’t accept the fact that you lost the argument, and went back into the standard knee-jerk name-calling. That’s too bad.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Quit carrying his jock…

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

In a word: sport. You and the HA 35 are so statistically insignificant you need 12 zeros to get to the percentile you fall into.
Like little pups you get all riled up and nip at people screaming “I’m voting for Obama. I’m voting for Obama because I have principles”

Kind of cute like watching a chihuahua clown show.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

What’s actually cute is how you Mitt-tards claim we’re too small to matter, yet it will be our fault when Romney loses by 10%.

LOL. Your boy wonder can’t win a state that Bush won by 10%. Your strategy of giving the finger to cons while embracing liberals is working like a charm. Keep phuking that chicken even harder. You’ll be lucky to win Georgia at this rate.

McDonnell, whose approval rating is among the nation’s highest at 55 percent, seems unable to close the gap between Obama and Romney.

“President Barack Obama has opened up some daylight in Virginia against his Republican challengers,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “His margin over Romney, in the state where Obama has been struggling after his win in 2008, compares to a slight 47-43 percent lead in February.”


Even Beloved McDonnell Can’t Save Romney in Virginia

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

HOW LONG have I been posting the “Progressive” Romney video?

He is a FREAKING BLANK CANVAS. He is a Bush supported Big gov lover.

In 2007 he essentially told Larry Kudlow that people should be nudged into more fuel efficient cars, energy efficient homes etc.

And Google this: George Romney, Saul Alinsky

And Google this: Larry Kudlow, Mitt Romney, Carbon Taxes

People he is BARACK OBAMA with bigger hair and more money.

PappyD61 on March 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

You noticed the word sport didn’t you?

Meh. Typical European soccer lover.

Like fish in a barrel. And it is fascinating that you will reply
every.single.time. I shall call you Pavlov’s Pup.

Woof

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Idiots like you are so easy to discredit, it’s not even funny. You came straight out of central casting.

Isn’t that a short bus I see parked at your door? Have a nice trip.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

The hysteria from the Gingrich and Santorum campaigns – and from the Muslim Pundit – is understandable.

Romney now has 560 delegates. When he wins Winner Take All primaries in MD,DC,DE,CA,NJ and UT he will have an additional 335 delegates for a total of 895. If he gets 40% of the delegates in proportional states NY, CT, RI,OR and MT, and 30% in all other proportional states,this will bring his delegate total to 1108. New York, with its 95 delegates will likely put Mitt over the top.

Mitt’s path to victory

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Again, if we are so “statistically insignificant,” then why bother to post on here?

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Even though Mitt-tards are imbeciles, they can still do basic math. Conservatives make up 30-40% of the electorate. Even a simpleton like Bradky knows you don’t win election by telling 30-40% of the electorate to f**k off.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Quit carrying his jock…

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

When you quit carrying Mitt’s jock (assuming he HAS one). XP

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Come here Myron… come on boy. That’s a boy. Good dog

woof

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Mitt’s path to victory

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Mitt’s REAL path to victory.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

ed you are so slanted to the right you lean left. You are not part of the 30-40% of conservatives of which you speak because they are adults and you are not.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Come here Myron… come on boy. That’s a boy. Good dog

woof

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Yup.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM

ed you are so slanted to the right you lean left. You are not part of the 30-40% of conservatives of which you speak because they are adults and you are not.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Your stupidity continues to blossom on here. Keep digging your own grave. It’s fun watching you self-destruct.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Even though Mitt-tards are imbeciles, they can still do basic math. Conservatives make up 30-40% of the electorate. Even a simpleton like Bradky knows you don’t win election by telling 30-40% of the electorate to f**k off.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Bradky is a one-note joke, a plant by the Democrats to make fun of us HotGassers. I wouldn’t even lump him in with the sorry lot of typical Mittbots – that would be an insult to the Mittbots.

But still, if Mitt fails to connect with the base on November 6, he has no one to blame but himself for being a bad candidate.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Romneycare decides to go to the bathroom, after second though he doesn’t have to go, well maybe he does- let me call Fehrnstrom, to find out if he has to go or not.

Mittbots, you know who you are, are you part of the 20% that will vote for obama if santorium gets the nomination

It’s actually quite amusing when you say we conservatives are insignificant if we stay home in November, when POLLING SAYS 20% OF YOU MITTBOT SCUM WOULD VOTE FOR OBAMA. LET ME SEE, IF 120,000,000 people vote, that means their are 24 million of you turncoats out their.

So from this conservative to you sociolist romneycare jerks, screw you! hypocrites!

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

What’s the base?

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Careful MF, you might end up on top of the car

Gohawgs on March 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I think the big difference between Romneycare supporters and we conservatives. We would sit out the election because Romneycare & Obama are sociolist. Whereas, Mittbots, if they don’t get their way vote for obama.

Explain to me, how voting for Obama, helps a republican stop obama if the nominee is not romneycare. But we take your crap if we sit the election out if the socialist romneycare is the nominee!

Again you hack mittbots make no sense!

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

What kind of monster ties a dog to a car for a 7 hour trip? Is that a Mormon thing? Jesus Willard, that’s disgusting, I don’t care what your politics are.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

In Mass. any republican governor is considered conservative compared to our democratic nincompoops

gerrym51 on March 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sadly, that is not what he said. If he said that, he would not be lying then would he.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Intrade:

Obama at 60%
Willard at 38%

Keep telling cons to go to hell the strategy is working wonderfully. You are losing VA and OH by double digits. Phooking chickens must feel good.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

matthew8787

that was not your argument before, did I miss something.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

What’s the base? Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM

The base are those who will fight for and support the nominee in the national election. There’s a lot of anger on this site because it’s slowly dawning on a number of unbright people that they aren’t members of the base. They are feeling left out. They deserve to be. They’ve had months to get a clue. Their intellect can’t compete with their anger at not getting their way.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I think I will have to cancel my DishNetwork. Reading this thread was so entertaining, better than anything on the TV.

Anyway, I will say that a brokered convention would be a good thing. The candidate from such a convention has to be an improvement on the one who is the current “leader”. All we can do is to go up from here.

PuritanD71 on March 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

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