Thursday, March 22, 2012

Advisor's "Etch-A-Sketch" Comment Exposes Romney's Hollowness

Mitt Romney has repeatedly made gaffes that reveal how out of touch he is with most Americans, reinforcing the perception of him as Mr. One Percent. Indeed, Romney stands for nothing except getting elected; he has reversed countless positions, recently within an hour. Romney tries to make up for his hollow core with the most shameless pandering to the Republican right, but that hasn't stopped a number of conservatives from seeing through him.

In this context, it was interesting to see a Romney advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom, make the kind of gaffe that he should be counseling his client to avoid. The gaffe itself also sheds light on the candidate. Asked about concerns regarding Romney's current tacking to the right, Fehrnstrom compared the campaign to an "Etch-A-Sketch" in which one can "reset" and "shake up" one's positions once the fall begins. Listen as he exposes the void at the heart of the Romney candidacy:

FEHRNSTROM: “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 we start all over again.”

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