Romney Adviser Likens Him to ... 'Etch a Sketch'
Eric Fehrnstrom uses analogy in CNN interview, and critics pounce
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2012 11:51 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you're Mitt Romney and weary of fending off flip-flopping accusations, this is probably not what you want a top adviser to say on CNN. Asked whether Romney has gone so far to the right in the primaries that he might alienate moderate voters in November, adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said this, notes Think Progress:

  • "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 we start all over again."

The reaction has been swift:

  • Santorum camp: "We all knew Mitt Romney didn't have any core convictions, but we appreciate his staff going on national television to affirm that point for anyone who had any doubts." More at Los Angeles Times.
  • David Axelrod: "Forget everything you know," he tweeted. "Forget everything you've seen. Coming soon. Mitt 5.0!"
  • Jamelle Bouie, American Prospect: "Fehrnstrom and the Romney campaign are probably kidding themselves if they think they can flop back to the center this fall. ... Conservatives will make their demands and Romney will go along for the ride. After all, in an election where he needs high turnout from the base, what choice does he have?"

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Mar 21, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
And that is the reason why he can't get over 33% of the primary vote. You never know what Mitt you get. He just flips the thing over and whatever he was before is gone.
Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM CDT
Add this to the arsenal of mis- quotes on tape and video flip-flops on issues that the Obama campaign will use in just a few months & the result will be devastating for Mitt
Mar 21, 2012 1:28 PM CDT
“We should be more humble, we should not be arrogant, they will not like us if we're arrogant, we shouldn't be in nation building." -- the guy who let 9/11 happen by ignoring a Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden determined to attack in America"