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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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

65% has voted against your boy. Facts, like math, are hard for liberals and Mitt supporters. Damn, there I go repeating myself.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 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

The dog was in a wind proof cage, moron. Correction, that should be lying moron.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

lets put YOUR kids in a “wind proof” cage. nuff said.

renalin on March 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Windproof cage. Lol. You will excuse anything he does.
Dude he put a dog on top of a car for 7 hours. In the dead of summer. Windproof or no windproof the man is a freak. I ask again is that type of animal cruelty a Mormon thing?

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM

etch a sketch, dogs on a roof, threats to vote for Obama…
They are more desperate than the fat girl waiting for a prom date.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM

You can tell a lot by a person based on how they treat animals. Romney tortured a poor dog mercilessly. Says all I need to know about him. Liberal or not, the man is a disgusting human being.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I despise Mittbama as much as I despise Obama.

Jayrae on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

The dog was in a wind proof cage, moron. Correction, that should be lying moron.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Would YOU do that to YOUR dog?

Seriously. Quit holding Mitt’s jockstrap and think for yourself… for once.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Not to put too fine a point on it, but you Romney people are kind of angry.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

How is a cage for an animal windproof? How the heck does it get air for 7 hours without ventilation of some kind?

I haven’t seen any cars/vans etc with a dog on top of a car in a cage. But I have seen many vehicles with their pets and humans sharing the inside space on short and long trips.

Where does one buy a windproof cage?

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

65% has voted against your boy. Facts, like math, are hard for liberals and Mitt supporters. Damn, there I go repeating myself.angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Romney has won 38% of the vote and 54% of the delegates thus far. As the primaries draw to a close, you will be even angrier. And just as unbright as you are now.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Your boy is down by 12% in Ohio and 8% in VA Braddie. Maybe Willard should tell cons to go eff off a little more in those two states. Should get him back in the lead, huh.

Good luck with that.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

I bet he is a real joy to work with. Hey Ed’s coming hide! Why?
Well he always try to get us into political conversations… Obama is a Muslim, Romney is a serial killer, Palin is his soulmate..

Geez! quick in that closet!

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Not to put too fine a point on it, but you Romney people are kind of angry. wolfsDad on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

That’s not a fine point. It’s a stupid allegation. We are winning. We are serene.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Romney has won 38% of the vote and 54% of the delegates thus far. As the primaries draw to a close, you will be even angrier. And just as unbright as you are now.
Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Which means 62% has voted against him. And you claim he has majority support. You were saying something about being in right? LOL mitt-tard lives up to his name.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Your boy is down by 12% in Ohio and 8% in VA Braddie. Maybe Willard should tell cons to go eff off a little more in those two states. Should get him back in the lead, huh.

Good luck with that.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Now, now. We mustn’t make fun of the mentally challenged… ;)

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 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

It’s Arkadin, Mr. Ed, and I can do basic math. 30-40% of the electorate is conservative, and Romney has managed to pick up a chunk of that vote. Barely half that number, 20% tops, but more like 5-10% are ABR’s or, as you call them, the base. Romney is not telling 30-40% of the electorate to f**k off. He’s telling the 5-10%, 20% tops who won’t vote for him anyway to f**k off, so that he can get the 60% in the center that will put him in the White House. How hard is that to figure out.

As for Virginia, I guess you don’t live here. Obama started rising in the polls after the ultrasound/vaginal probe/mandate debacle instigated by a few nuts on the right managed to tarnish the entire Republican brand. Here we are fighting a national battle over religious liberty because of a mandate imposed by the White House, and some idiots in the legislature here decide that this is the right time to impose their own mandate that requires that women have objects inserted inside them against their will when they go to have an abortion. McDonnell ended up signing a watered down bill, but it was too late, the damage was done. Enough women are pissed here that the state may stay blue in November.

This never would have happened if the rise of Santorum hadn’t emboldened a few deluded social cons into thinking they could get that mandate passed without consequences. Whatever you think about abortion (I think it should be illegal), this was the wrong bill at the wrong time. Little things have big consequences.

Romney is going to have a lot of work to do to wash off the stink from the mandate mess, and from the Santorum mess in general. That contraception is even being discussed, and that we are being hurt by the discussion, is purely the fault of Rick Santorum. I won’t blame social-cons if Romney loses, I’ll blame Santorum. God, if Pastor Hagee had run for President we’d have fewer problems than we have because of Santorum. BTW, the “beloved” McDonnell has, by signing that mandate, even in it’s watered down form, effectively taken himself off the VP short list. He’s done.

Mr. Arkadin on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Ed,

Would you lead the late night folks in a round of kumbaya please?
Myron keep your hands in your own lap.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

It looks like someone gave that to newt and told him it was an ipad.

V7_Sport on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I bet he is a real joy to work with. Hey Ed’s coming hide! Why?
Well he always try to get us into political conversations… Obama is a Muslim, Romney is a serial killer, Palin is his soulmate..
Geez! quick in that closet!
Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

You’ve officially gone insane. You just saw the latest polls hub? It’s cool Bradie. I understand. It just dawned on you the Willard dream is dead. No LDS in the WH after all. Maybe you can see if Orin Hatch can run in 2016.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

That’s not a fine point. It’s a stupid allegation. We are winning. We are serene.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Nothing stupid about any of it except for your stupid allegation that you are “serene.”

To a Mittbot, up is down, down is up, red is black, and plaid is in fashion.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Myron keep your hands in your own lap.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Aw. Too bad; I had this really nifty tire iron I was going to introduce you too.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Aside from Mormons and paid shills, does anyone at HA actually lime Willard? I don’t mean will you vote for him because you think he’s better than Barack.
I mean do you feel excited to have him as president. I cannot imagine anyone can feel this way.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM

You’ve officially gone insane. You just saw the latest polls hub? It’s cool Bradie. I understand. It just dawned on you the Willard dream is dead. No LDS in the WH after all. Maybe you can see if Orin Hatch can run in 2016.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Clowns like Bradky make the LDS and Democrat operatives look bad.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM

galtani on March 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM

And the fact that I have friends in multiple suburbs and precincts and they all said the same thing- no one was there when they voted and their number was low even though they were voting late in the day.

And election officials in news reports said that registered Dems came in and asked for Republican ballots.

And 4 in 10 in the exit polling don’t like the candidate they voted for.

And 10% only voted for their candidate because they dislike the other guy more.

Yes, I think a brokered convention would be better for the GOP than to continue with Romney OR Santorum.

I am one of those 10%- I dislike Romney more than I dislike Santorum. And I also said that our house split- 1R/1S.

But, I have said I would vote for Romney in the General – if I must. I just couldn’t do it the week that SCOTUS starts its work on Obamacare.

Now- would the same be said for you? Would you vote for anybody but Obama?

Did you give a donation to Romney? Do you have money on him on InTrade?

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Your boy is down by 12% in Ohio and 8% in VA Braddie. Maybe Willard should tell cons to go eff off a little more in those two states. Should get him back in the lead, huh.Good luck with that.angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Romney’s not once told anyone to eff off. People like you don’t get your way and threaten to vote for Obama. If you insist on voting for Obama there’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t fix stupid.

And you can’t have an intelligent conversation with someone who is fundamentally unreasonable and dishonest. You cite the fact Romney is down to Obama on Intrade. The last time I looked Santorum was under 3% and Gingrich was under 1%.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM

That’s not a fine point. It’s a stupid allegation. We are winning. We are serene.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Pardon my stupidity. Never could distinguish sanguine from sanguinary.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

That’s not a fine point. It’s a stupid allegation. We are winning. We are serene.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Who’s we? There’s a bunch of “you” on this site today, screaming at anybody who dares say a word against Romney. It was one of “you” who started the BS about people supporting Obama, if they have doubts about Romney. There’s one of “you” on this thread screaming about this story being peddled by Obama, and others calling people who disagree with them retards, morons, etc. Then there’s several of “you” who screamed insults at Gingrich and Santorum, demanding that they drop out.

The idea that “you” don’t have unhinged (Romney) followers on “your side” is ludicrous. Some of “you” become more unhinged by the day, so maybe you ought to just speak for yourself.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

*facepalm*

Everytime I start thinking I can hold my nose and vote for the guy, and maybe, just maybe, he won’t be all that bad, he has got to go and remind me how badly he is going to screw us all over if he gets into office.

bitsy on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Now- would the same be said for you? Would you vote for anybody but Obama?
Did you give a donation to Romney? Do you have money on him on InTrade?
journeyintothewhirlwind on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

You know very well the answer is no. A Ras poll showed 20% of Romney primary voters would vote Obama if Romney were not the nominee. Romney voters are liberals who like to pretend they’re Republicans in primary contests but will vote Obama no matter what.

Bradky voted for Obama in 2008 and will vote Obama in 2012.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

That’s not a fine point. It’s a stupid allegation. We are winning. We are serene.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Nothing stupid about any of it except for your stupid allegation that you are “serene.”

To a Mittbot, up is down, down is up, red is black, and plaid is in fashion.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Myron keep your hands in your own lap.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Aw. Too bad; I had this really nifty tire iron I was going to introduce you too.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:35
PM

Tire iron? Unhinged much?

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Tire iron? Unhinged much?

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Sarcasm is totally lost on you. Too bad.

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I’ve yet to see one Romney supporter threaten to vote for Obama. OTOH the most strident anti-Romney’s have threatened to vote for Obama.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Sarcasm is totally lost on you. Too bad. Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

You’re the type who threatens someone and then says you were just kidding.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

You can tell a disgusting human being.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Concern Troll Motto du jour.

profitsbeard on March 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Bradky voted for Obama in 2008 and will vote Obama in 2012.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

but then how’s that all that different from you. you said repeatedly on this forum that you would vote for Obama in 2012 if Romney is the nominee, so, then who are you to judge others on their voting record…let alone the idiocy of claiming that you know bradky’s voting record, when you have no clue…last time I checked the vote was still secret and people still went by themselves in the voting booths…then how would you know how they vote?

jimver on March 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM

You know, I’d leave comments on Hot Air more often, if 80% of the comments weren’t derisive angry insults. And no I’m not blaming supporters of any particular candidates, I’m blaming the people that come on and spam vitriol all day.

You’d think people would have something better to do with their time.

WolvenOne on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

“They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning…”

AnotherOpinion on March 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM

You know very well the answer is no. A Ras poll showed 20% of Romney primary voters would vote Obama if Romney were not the nominee. Romney voters are liberals who like to pretend they’re Republicans in primary contests but will vote Obama no matter what.

Bradky voted for Obama in 2008 and will vote Obama in 2012.

angryed on March 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Uh, no way on that.

Romney is not my first choice, but if he is the nominee, I *will* nut up and vote for him because guess what…he is still better than another 4 years of Obama.

That being said I will vote for whomever the candidate will be, because of my prior point.

We can quibble about the everything from Gas Prices to the Gold standard, but if we don’t address the Budget, Gas & Jobs, *realistically*in the next 2 years we are going to have a replay of the damn 1970′s and we are *not* ready for it.

BlaxPac on March 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Newt looks terrible. He isn’t weathering the physical stress of the campaign very well.

scotash on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 AM

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

Exactly! Brilliantly put. I don’t know how HotAir manages to attract such embarrassing people, but it does, sadly.

These handfuls of Romney haters are feeling desperate after Romney’s HUGE blowout in Illinois, so now they have to grab on to anything, ANYTHING (even this STUPID etch-a-sketch nonsense) to make themselves feel better.

It would be funny to watch the collective meltdown of the irrational Romney-bashing bunch, if it weren’t so sad.

As a sidenote, didn’t Newt Gingrich think he might look just a TAD silly up there waving around a children’s toy and ranting on and on, mischaracterizing some 5-second statement by someone most voters have never heard of?

Way to diminish and beclown yourself, Newt!

bluegill on March 22, 2012 at 3:32 AM

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

Mr. Cranky Pants wouldn’t (assuming you mean Ron Paul, who the description best fits). He’s all about the symbolic gesture. Well, that and newsletters.

Santorum is the only candidate of all those running that has never supported a mandate. The bottom line is that there’s a lot more reason to doubt Romney on this than Santorum. Romney will be virtually paralyzed in trying to explain why Romneycare was brilliant but Obamacare must be repealed. That’s exactly why I don’t expect him to try very hard.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2012 at 3:53 AM

The Mittbots are trying to convince themselves that “reset, like an etch-a-sketch” will all blow over in a day or two.

But it’s not up to them.

We’ll see. I still suspect it may be the single most damaging gaffe in this primary race. Which includes one of Romney’s sons saying, “We all like Obama.”

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

I am amazed at how weak minded some of you are when the media spins something out of context that they have been doing the WHOLE primary because it creates ratings for them and many of you as conservatives take it hook, line, and sinker!

For those of you screaming about RS in his “the unemployment rate doesn’t mean anything to me” and the Gingrich quotes, and the Cain’s etc…You LIKE this with Romney because YOU do not like Romney BUT you fail to realize that the MSM has done the same thing to your candidate!

Toughen up! We all know what Romney’s aide meant just as MOST of us knew what RS meant in his comment! So the question is are you going to be fair or are you going to continue to hate Romney and pounce on these comments while looking the other way when it happens to your candidate?

g2825m on March 22, 2012 at 6:00 AM

It’s sobering and sad to watch Gingrich now. He has fallen so far and is now just a caricature. Analysts keep saying he only ran to improve his public profile so he can charge more for speeches, but who on earth would pay $250,000 to listen to this dork whine and carp?

Jaibones on March 22, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Well, if Eric Fehrnstrom isn’t gone by the end of today, I will have my answer re. Mitt. Mitt and Fehrnstrom have had enough time to consider this.

diogenes on March 22, 2012 at 6:53 AM

My take.

kingsjester on March 22, 2012 at 7:04 AM

It was more than his “adviser”, this is a senior adviser from his Mass Governor days, he has been one of his most intimate insiders for years.
Most every day he spends with this “adviser”, Erick F. knows Romney better than any other campaign person, probably as well as Ann knows Mitt…this is the way Mitt thinks, and has thought.
No excuses, no spin, this is Mitt, he will be whatever he needs to be to win…he has no core values.
Confirmed by his most trusted adviser and confidant…

right2bright on March 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM

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

If by “we conservatives” you mean “highly irrational people bent on letting the country rot because we can’t get our way” then yeah, I glad I’m not a part of your group.

I’m glad that you’re willing to sit out the election. Remember the old saying “evil triumphs when good men do nothing?” I hope you can sleep at night when you lose your country you chose not to fight for.

Pcoop on March 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Mr. Cranky-pants is actually Newt. Ron Paul’s a non-factor in Mitt’s backpocket. But maybe I should have referred to Newt as The Adulterer.

Pcoop on March 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Santorum is the only candidate of all those running that has never supported a mandate. The bottom line is that there’s a lot more reason to doubt Romney on this than Santorum. Romney will be virtually paralyzed in trying to explain why Romneycare was brilliant but Obamacare must be repealed. That’s exactly why I don’t expect him to try very hard.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 22, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Santorum will cave to political pressure from the Republican party when it benefits them. He’s already admitted to doing it. He’s a team player. He doesn’t stand on his own no matter what he says.

Even though I don’t want Santorum, unlike those of you in the ABR crowd, I’m not sitting out the election if Team Player’s the nominee. I’ll still vote for him, because this elections about getting rid of Obama. Everything else is trivial when the fate of the country’s at stake.

Pcoop on March 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

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

Don’t waste your breath (typing). The conservatives will take the fall, as they always do, when the moderate faction of the party fails again as it will. I mean look at who is endorsing Rmoney. I don’t know how nominating a republican version of a democrat with no core (see etcha-sketch) against the real thing is supposed to be a winning strategy. Yet we’re supposed to vote for Rmoney at all costs no matter what he says or does. But the dumpathon on Rick Santorum by these so called Rmoney supporters is very telling.

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

only 653 responses. Need to put PALIN in thread header.

(or get tesla to post)

lol

gerrym51 on March 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Odd, but some of the Romney people posting on here sound a lot like the Obots on other sites. Is Hot Air infested with trolls this morning?

blackgriffin on March 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The video of Newt with the Etch-A-Sketch is brilliant. I still support Newt for President and support his staying in the race for the reasons that Newt discusses in the video.

Phil Byler on March 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Gives new meaning to “sketchy” when referring to Rmoney the perpetual weathervane. Etch-a-sketchy is better :-)

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Of cause it is Rick/Newt fault, they made Mittens to lie about his convictions, and now he needs reset button. Damn…

anikol on March 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Of cause it is Rick/Newt fault, they made Mittens to lie about his convictions, and now he needs reset button. Damn…

anikol on March 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Yeah, don’t pay attention to those conservatives out there wink, wink. We’ll “shake things up” in the general election. Boy, that clown thinks we were born yesterday. But then again, we keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

only 653 responses. Need to put PALIN in thread header.

(or get tesla to post)

lol

gerrym51 on March 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I was surprised. I figured the Rmoney thread would have had more enthusiasm then this thread.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Poor Sketchy! Here his super pacs and goons were supposed to do his dirty work for him smearing his opponents while he looks all sanctimonious and focused on Obama only. And not Santorum or Gingrich – what a decent guy (sarc). And then his advisor from his MA governor days pulls his pants down (figuratively). The emperor has no clothes and Sketchy is feeling the draft.

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

WSJ: 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

The video of Newt with the Etch-A-Sketch is brilliant. I still support Newt for President and support his staying in the race for the reasons that Newt discusses in the video.

Phil Byler on March 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Stay in and keep fighting Newt.

IndeCon on March 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Odd, but some of the anti-Romney people posting on here sound a lot like the Obots on other sites. Is Hot Air infested with trolls this morning?

blackgriffin on March 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Fixed it for you.

You are welcome.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Richard Santorum with his new computer.
http://a.yfrog.com/img877/2138/l78wm.jpg

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Rush is on a roll reporting how Obama is flip-flopping on Keystone. Man, we’re going to get whiplash trying to distinguish between Obama and Rmoney if he becomes the nominee. They’ll be so interchangeable, it’s going to be difficult distinguishing between the 2 after a while at the rate they both change their positions.

mozalf on March 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Myron Falwell on March 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Myron, we all get caught up in our words. My two cents is that was over the top too. Nothing personal.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

This is a liberal question, by a liberal reporter meant to accuse Romney of being too far right.I don’t know on what issue, but lets presume, banning contraception or what ever the outrage of the day is.

You know what Eric Means. A lot of people are not paying attention until the time to vote, they are not going to remember a lot of the exact things Newt and Santorum accuse him of. They pay attention after the convention.

Get the nomination, start a fresh campaign. Without arguing over who out conservatives the other. You knew what he meant. The conservative gotcha’s just want to make something of this. It is not some amazing revelation, you make too much of nothing.

Fleuries on March 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I’ve yet to see one Romney supporter threaten to vote for Obama. OTOH the most strident anti-Romney’s have threatened to vote for Obama.

Basilsbest on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Plenty of Romney supporters have stated that they refuse to vote for any of the other candidates.

Be careful that you don’t fall off your high horse, okay? You might get a boo-boo.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Odd, but some of the anti-Romney people posting on here sound a lot like the Obots on other sites. Is Hot Air infested with trolls this morning?

blackgriffin on March 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Fixed it for you.

You are welcome.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That door swings both ways, whether you want to admit it or not. Look in the mirror, Mittbot.

JannyMae on March 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I very much agree with your approach here.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Have you seen the video? You shouldn’t comment until you see the primary source quote.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tcJ6b84sHY

The “Etchy” comment appears to be just a way to transition away from the journalists annoying question to say what he wanted to say, and he does make the point that Romney appeals to all kinds of voters.

To be gramatically correct is talking about shaking up the campaign and starting fresh, not shaking up Romneys values.

Fleuries on March 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Fleuries on March 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Sorry, it really pretty clear what he said with trying to spin it into something else.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

without

hawkdriver on March 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

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