The Etch-a-Sketch Candidate

On the first day of spring Romney aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, responded to a question from John Fugelsang about Romney pivoting on his positions in the general election.  Fugelsang and Fehrnstrom were on CNN’s Starting Point.  Fehrnstrom then uttered the now infamous “Etch-a-Sketch” gaffe.  Michael Kinsley defined a gaffe as: “”A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.”  That comment has gone viral in the political community and with Romney’s political appointments.

Regardless of what one feels about this particular gaffe, what makes it so powerful is that it uses such an iconic American image: the “Etch-a-Sketch.”  This one will dog Romney for a long time.

 

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24 responses to “The Etch-a-Sketch Candidate

  1. A very long time, and it’s a great analogy too!

  2. gaffe helped the company a little as they have sold a bunch since the comment.

  3. tempebev

    The “Etch-A-Sketch” line will go down as one of the best gaffe’s of the whole campaign.

  4. dogs eye view

    Saw two interesting links about this on Balloon Juice:

    1) driftglass, a blogger, came up with the etch-a-sketch analogy in August 2010. He applied it to rightwing Republicans, with their teflon head for fact (and they’ll never be accountable), but if Romney wants to own it, fine by me.

    http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-name-is-ozymandias.html

    2) NYTimes article that Maddow show researched was muy interesting. 2003 article about the Chinese factory that was making Etch-a-Sketch, once the Ohio company outsourced and 100 American workers lost their jobs.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/07/world/ruse-in-toyland-chinese-workers-hidden-woe.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

    Good morning to all and TGIF. About to weed the front garden (and harvest some youngish dandelion greens).

    Saw the cherry blossoms Wednesday. Beyond wonderful. They won’t be there for the festival, alas.

    We’re not getting to enjoy our spring tree blossoms for long in Northern Virginia. Seems the trees are going to leaf faster than usual.

    Makes you wonder what this summer will bring. Texas in flames last year; what now?

  5. dogs eye view

    Dick Cheney just got a new heart.

    Hope the donor’s family is OK with that.

  6. I am with you Brian I told my wife I was unaware that he had a heart to replace.

  7. tempebev

    Just reading NPR comments about the new heart. Not very many nice ones. Kind of at a lost of words to express my feelings.

  8. tempebev

    Just reading NPR’s comment section about Mr. Cheney’s new heart. Not very many nice ones. I guess my feeling is did he get it except for his power and money. I doubt that he was #1 on the organ recipient list.

  9. dogs eye view

    I was surprised he was only 71.

    It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a patient who was younger and possibly healthier, with more to contribute to family and society, ahead of Dick Cheney. A heart is a precious resource.

    Cheney puts us in the situation, yet again, of if you don’t have anything nice to say

    • dnd

      “Cheney puts us in the situation, yet again, of if you don’t have anything nice to say…”

      And for that we can be grateful to be reminded of that.

      • dnd

        I’m hoping that after Cheney recovers some journalist asks him what he thinks of the government health care system that supplied his new heart.

  10. dogs eye view

    Gorgeous here in Virginia. Early spring. Got in a good bike ride before some (mild) rain.

    Hope all is well in your world.

  11. tempebev

    What are your opinions about the SCOTUS and healthcare? Will it become the 2nd branch of government to continue the political divide? If they shoot it down, will it have any effect on any of you and your health coverage? Will it affect Obama’s chances for re-election? OK, done with the questions. Looking for your answers.

  12. The newspaper The Tennessean is reporting that Earl Scruggs has died he was 88. RIP Earl

  13. if you believe the news it doesn’t look good for the AHC law. I am covered by the VA so I don’t think my situation will change. I think if it is shot down it could be a great talking point to help Obama win re-election. It also might lead us to single payer heath care.

  14. Bev I pretty much agree with what doots said. I think if the court knocks it out single payer is the only option.

  15. D you have mail at the Google address.

  16. dogs eye view

    Single payer in our lifetime, though? Which might be radically shortened without access to affordable healthcare?

    It’s going to be interesting to watch the business community on this one.

    Mostly, I am sorry that we live in such a selfish country. This isn’t that hard to understand.

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