Show of hands, who is surprised by the Romney Etch-a-sketch bit?

by Datechguy | March 21st, 2012

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Show of hands, who is surprised by the Romney Etch-a-sketch bit?

I’ve been very busy so I didn’t have a chance to do more than a sin­gle re-​tweet or two con­cern­ing the Rom­ney Etch-​a-​sketch busi­ness, a few thoughts.

When they say that a gaffe is when a pol or his adviser speaks the truth, that is the per­fect descrip­tion for what Mr. Eric Fehrn­strom did.

The worst part of this is that Greg “please tell me what to write Mr. Brock” Sar­gent didn’t even have to ask Media Mat­ters for this one, he just had to play the tape.

There is no way this mis­take takes place if Rom­ney isn’t sure he is get­ting the nom­i­na­tion.

Eric Erick­son
tim­ing con­tin­ues to be excel­lent when it comes to pick­ing can­di­dates. (Howdy thank you Erick!)

Stacy McCain says this:

Dude. How much is that quote worth to Rick San­to­rum? At least a mil­lion dol­lars in the next 48 hours, I’d say, and maybe an extra 10 per­cent of the vote in upcom­ing pri­maries, if the San­to­rum cam­paign can turn that quote into a 30-​second ad PDQ.

Dur­ing my wee-​hours dis­cus­sions over off-​the-​record beers, I made note of the Neu­tral Objec­tive Fact that all San­to­rum needed was for Rom­ney to stum­ble, then pounce on it as hard as they can and it might shift the whole direc­tion of the cam­paign. Well, if this isn’t a “stum­ble,” what is?

Team Rom­ney said it would take “an act of God” to keep Mitt from win­ning the nom­i­na­tion. Or maybe a quote from Eric Ferhnstrom.

This is why the elec­tion isn’t over till it is over.

Philip Klein puts it very suc­cinctly:

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.

Hotair demon­strates how a mas­ter han­dles this sit­u­a­tion.

The Obama cam­paign will be using this as a prop till Novem­ber. They will be giv­ing out etch-​a-​sketches at every school they stop at. The DNC will be donat­ing Etch-​a-​sketches to children’s char­i­ties in every city that the pres­i­dent vis­its, demo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates for con­gress will be hold­ing them and ques­tion­ing their repub­li­can coun­ter­parts over it, This actu­ally has to poten­tial to turn the gen­eral elec­tion around. Of course lucky for Rom­ney if he wins the nom­i­na­tion he will still be fac­ing Obama.

This is going to be poi­son in the gen­eral elec­tion, it is some­thing that can be remem­bered under­stood by peo­ple who don’t fol­low pol­i­tics and is per­fect late night fodder.

This is a huge mis­take but that doesn’t change the fact that Eric is a pretty good polit­i­cal guy who did won­ders dur­ing the Scott Brown campaign.

The only way this state­ment should sur­prise any­one is if they haven’t paid atten­tion to Rom­ney in Mass­a­chu­setts or to this cam­paign at all.

That being said I can’t think of any­thing more likely to keep activists home after the con­ven­tion than this.

I’ve been very busy so I didn’t have a chance to do more than a single re-tweet or two concerning the Romney Etch-a-sketch business, a few thoughts.

When they say that a gaffe is when a pol or his adviser speaks the truth, that is the perfect description for what Mr. Eric Fehrnstrom did.

The worst part of this is that Greg “please tell me what to write Mr. Brock” Sargent didn’t even have to ask Media Matters for this one, he just had to play the tape.

There is no way this mistake takes place if Romney isn’t sure he is getting the nomination.

Eric Erickson
timing continues to be excellent when it comes to picking candidates. (Howdy thank you Erick!)

Stacy McCain says this:

Dude. How much is that quote worth to Rick Santorum? At least a million dollars in the next 48 hours, I’d say, and maybe an extra 10 percent of the vote in upcoming primaries, if the Santorum campaign can turn that quote into a 30-second ad PDQ.

During my wee-hours discussions over off-the-record beers, I made note of the Neutral Objective Fact that all Santorum needed was for Romney to stumble, then pounce on it as hard as they can and it might shift the whole direction of the campaign. Well, if this isn’t a “stumble,” what is?

Team Romney said it would take “an act of God” to keep Mitt from winning the nomination. Or maybe a quote from Eric Ferhnstrom.

This is why the election isn’t over till it is over.

Philip Klein puts it very succinctly:

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.

Hotair demonstrates how a master handles this situation.

The Obama campaign will be using this as a prop till November. They will be giving out etch-a-sketches at every school they stop at. The DNC will be donating Etch-a-sketches to children’s charities in every city that the president visits, democratic candidates for congress will be holding them and questioning their republican counterparts over it, This actually has to potential to turn the general election around. Of course lucky for Romney if he wins the nomination he will still be facing Obama.

This is going to be poison in the general election, it is something that can be remembered understood by people who don’t follow politics and is perfect late night fodder.

This is a huge mistake but that doesn’t change the fact that Eric is a pretty good political guy who did wonders during the Scott Brown campaign.

The only way this statement should surprise anyone is if they haven’t paid attention to Romney in Massachusetts or to this campaign at all.

That being said I can’t think of anything more likely to keep activists home after the convention than this.

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