Skip to comments.Advisor: Romney can “reset” back to moderate views for general election “like an Etch-a-Sketch”
Posted on 04/09/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
Good grief! As if Romney needed any help looking like a flip-flopping liberal!
from Washington Examiner:
Ever since he launched his first bid for the presidency over five years ago, critics have argued that Mitt Romneys conservative positions arent sincere, and that he would start to abandon them once he was no longer trying to appeal to the Republican primary electorate. I just never expected one of his chief campaign staffers to openly admit it. Yet feeling cocky after Mitt Romneys strong victory in Illinois, top advisor Eric Fehrnstrom did just that.
Heres the stunning exchange on CNN (viaGreg Sargent):
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.
This is an incredible admission and a window into the way Romney views politics. Romney ran two races in Massachusetts as a moderate and even a self-described progressive, before changing his positions in the run up to his first campaign for president. Just last month, he described himself as severely conservative at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But as Fehrnstrom statement suggests, Romneys appeals to the right are simply a matter of positioning rather than principle, something that can easily be changed once the target audience changes.
read the rest
Heres the video (unfortunately from Think Progress):
Honestly, I cant think of a better metaphor for Mitt Romney than etch-a-sketch.
I have it easy in New York. I don’t know what I would do if I lived in a swing state where my vote would really matter, but I certainly understand people who simply cannot vote for Romney. I wonder what the breakdown is on FR. What state are you in?
I must have missed where Romney ever espoused any conservative views.
His rhetoric on illegals is sometimes to the right of Newt. That’s the only right of center position i’ve ever heard.
To cripplecreek and MachIV, I can't agree on the national or regional primary system. Our current system, despite all its problems, allows underfunded conservative candidates to have a chance in states where door-to-door campaigning still works. Romney's money likely would have guaranteed his nomination with no serious competition in a national or regional contest.
It is rigged so the RINOS can pick their candidate and force him on conservatives!
Shakey Shakey Shakey!!!!
Just a bit of data ...
Primary vote to date: Romney 39.5%, Santorum 28.1%, Newt 20.1%, Paul 10.5%, Huntsman 0.7%, Perry 0.5%, Bachmann 0.3%, Cain 0.1%.
The primaries are ‘rigged’ to give the guy who gets the most votes the delegates to win.
Had conservatives found one strong consensus conservative candidate, he’d have beaten Romney easily. I had hopes for a while it would be Perry. It wasnt, unfortunately.
Want to give a RINO a primary victory? Run half a dozen weak, underfunded and flawed conservative candidates against him, (eg never won an election, never had executive experience, lost their last election, etc.) And then split support 4 different ways.