Skip to comments.Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he’s the nominee
Posted on 03/21/2012 8:42:55 AM PDT by Fred
Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary wont be a big deal because he can simply erase them once he becomes the GOP nominee:
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. Its almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.
There you have it. Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected.
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Pretty much every election both Republicans and Democrats run to the edges during the primary and return toward the middle to pick up General Election moderates. Is this really shocking to anyone?
Did Reagan do this?
Which conservative positions are those, exactly?
This man, and those around him, meet the very definition of “hollow men.”
Then he can take a seat next to McCain, Dole on the Moderate Bus Tour to No Where.
Well of course. And yet some “conservatives” persist in the “anyone but Obama” idiocy.
Yeah, just vote Obama into the GOP and you think it’s bad now? Conservatism is D O N E if Romney is nominated and elected. Done.
And they would have a point, wouldn't they?
Their message? That’s EXACTLY what we’ve been saying! He will say ANYTHING to get elected!
Check the source. I suspect this is just agitprop.
Gee, do you mean the positions Romney took during the campaign were all phony and he never believed in any of them? I'm shocked. I never would have expected this in a million years.
Other than Ann Coulter I can't think of anyone who is surprised by this.
Nixon’s advice was to run back to the center once you get the nomination, not run to the left of your opponent..........
What’s sad is that a lot of Freepers even after reading this will still vote for Mitt if he gets the nomination, and rationalize it by thinking anything is better than Obama.
Algae Axelrod and Obama will get to the RIGHT of Romney...Myth is such a sucker..
Etch A Sketch the new Flip/Flop
Ronald Reagan? You mean the Real Deal and greatest conservative President since Calvin Coolidge? He ran straight up because he had all the bonafides to do so.
In case you hadn’t noticed, our current crop of candidates suck, one in all, and NONE could carry Reagan’s jockstrap. That’s what we’re dealing with, not the 2 exceptions of the 20th century.
Soth Carolina - is Newt land
er what conservative positions does he have and what has he done to be more precise.
The man is a fraud who told us the base to piss off, his pro cross dressing, pro govt health care, pro homosexual agenda etc positions are NOT CONSERVATIVE HELL THEY’RE NOT EVEN REPUBLICAN so a vote for him is like voting for a whiter obama .
Any fool and there seems to be many up north in IL etc are frigging ignorant idiots to what is being a republican let alone conservative
Romney's career? Now that means everything.
Well, yeah. That's what everybody here has been saying for years.
Romney is a liberal who simply cannot be trusted.
No, and neither would Rick Santorum. Milt is even less exciting than Juan McCain. He is a phony, and NOT what America needs, and I’m disgusted that so many Reps have been swayed by big money advertising. Bob
ps. Thank God there will be an independent candidate because I would rather slash my wrists than vote for Obama, but I don't tell them that.
Rick’s attacks against Milt have not been tough enough. His abominable judicial picks has been virtually ignored. Well, I’ll be seeing Rick Friday, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with him. Bob
“Did Reagan do this?”
According to Mark Levin (about a week ago), yes, Reagan did this.
Levin said “Yes, even Reagan moved toward the Center.”
However, Reagan was a conservative, whereas McRomney is a RINO leftist from MASS.
Levin said that he chose Bush to unite the two wings. That is NOT altering one’s own message. Bob
And that would be ok if I trusted he would govern conservatively. I just don’t trust him.
What would you suggest we do instead, vote third-party? Stay home? Convince ourselves that 4 more years of Obama (no longer constrained by any re-electability concerns) would be better than 4 (or 8) years of Romney?
What’s weird is Mitt (and apperently his staff) have some wierd disconnect from normal humans, probably rooted in a very real personality disorder. They can’t seem to grasp how normal humans will view them and the urges which motivate them. It’s kind of funny because it produces moments like this where they openly admit to their lack of principles, and seem confused that anyone else finds it unusual.
Mitt does this all the time. Laughingly tells the story of his dog and the terror he put it through on top of the car. Stops mid-speech, looks down, squashes a bug just do do it, then laughs to the corwd, and says Look how I got that little guy! Brings a stuffed squirrel to a speech to highlight his varmint hunting days.
It really is like the Romney campaign is some cabal of space alien automatons trying to take over the world. But none of them is quite convincing enough to actually come off as human, and we’re all left scratching our heads.
Sad thing is the media is going to Dan Quale him something fierce once the general begins.
There is no way to win an election in this country on a divisive, fringe platform, to either side. No way, no how.
It is a political reality. Even Obama was sold as a moderate, Washington outsider who promised to make changes that would favor both sides. After Obama was elected, he went so far to the Left, so fast, that not even the Left fully believes it.
This isn’t about anything but “electoral positioning”. In the regular voting (Not FR) world, Romney is moderate Republican. He has taken a number of conservative positions on the campaign and talked them up, giving the 99& of the electorate who pay little attention that he has taken some “right-wing” positions on this and that. This adviser is basically saying “he’s really not a right-winger like some of the 99% of the electorate who pays little attention may think, he’s really a pragmatic moderate Republican.”
“What has he done” has little to do with it. It is “what has he said.”
...except in this case Mitt ran to the middle during the primary and will run back to the left for the general.
What you see is what you get.. NO ILLUSIONS!
Did you watch the video Carry? The quote is verbatim.
Thanks for the good catch Fred.
May God give us strength.
*Who is off to get some non political work done : \
Ford couldn't beat Carter.
Dole couldn't beat Clinton.
McCain couldn't beat Obama.
Seems pretty spot on to me.
Mitty is about as “moderate” as Bill Clinton.
By the way, when is the Congressional hearing challenging the Socialists in our Congress? Oh that's right, Socialists are IN CONTROL OF Congress and they are COWARDS for calling themselves 'Democrats'.
Count me in. Jimmy Carter is a vicious far Left anti-Semite. But at least he was an American.
No one even knows what Hussein is or where his allegiance lies. He is a shadow man who speaks and behaves as if he has no affiliation with American and no stake in the outcome of anything he does. He has put himself under the jurisdiction of the U.N. He has said that America is no different than any other country in the world, such as France or Kenya. Obama says this kind of stuff because he really doesn't see the difference. It all the same to him.
I think he has to occasionally ask his security attachment what country he's in. “Oh yea, America that's right. We did that election thingy and now I'm the..uuuuh...urr. Yea. I remember now.”
Romney needs to work on his ‘tan’.
I will be doing a write in of my choosing ....I will not fix my name to what Romney will do if he attains the office of President, which would mean I support what he does..... Nope never.
That’s gross and I’m having nightmares...in the middle of the day.