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Advisor: Romney can “reset” back to moderate views for general election “like an Etch-a-Sketch”
Poor Richard's News ^ | March, 21, 2012

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 Romney’s conservative positions aren’t 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 Romney’s strong victory in Illinois, top advisor Eric Fehrnstrom did just that.

Here’s 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. It’s 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, Romney’s 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

Here’s the video (unfortunately from Think Progress):

Honestly, I can’t think of a better metaphor for Mitt Romney than “etch-a-sketch.”


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And the Un-Masking of Mitt Romney, the left-wing, Progressive Liberal, continues . . .
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1 posted on 04/09/2012 12:25:58 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

“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.”

See my tagline. It is not that often that Willard is candid, and this was one of those moments.


2 posted on 04/09/2012 12:29:30 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: SoConPubbie

He was not ever a conservative. I do not understand why Republicans are falling for this crap.


3 posted on 04/09/2012 12:36:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
I do not understand why Republicans are falling for this crap.

Because most "republicans" are just like democrats who happen to live on the plantation on the other side of town.
4 posted on 04/09/2012 12:45:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GeronL

I think the problem is the primaries come basically one state at a time and mostly in blue states like Iowa and New Hampshire that will rarely if ever vote GOP(conservative) in the 1st place. If I had it my way, the primaries for all states would be held on one day of the year in all 50 states just like the general election. My guess is southern states and lower midwestern and mountain states would have deep sixed Romney from the beginning and we wouldn’t be in this mess right now. I’m in a deep red state that hasn’t even had a primary yet, and I bet Santorum or Gingrich will have either dropped out or won’t even be on the ballot by the time the primary rolls around.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 12:45:53 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: MachIV

I would go with 10 primary dates with 5 regionally diverse states taking part on each date.


6 posted on 04/09/2012 12:49:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SoConPubbie
i am glad that you're up to date.
7 posted on 04/09/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT by hecht (Murray use your coaster)
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To: SoConPubbie
I must have missed where Romney ever espoused any conservative views.

He is going to go from running as a moderate in the primaries to being an open liberal in the general. He'll end up sounding more liberal than Bill Clinton in 1992.

8 posted on 04/09/2012 12:59:01 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Psalm 144
It is not that often that Willard is candid, and this was one of those moments.

Romney didn't say it.

9 posted on 04/09/2012 1:17:33 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: MachIV

I also think Primary voters should be the ones to vote for House and Senate leaders on the primary ballot. I think this might help keep the RINO’s from infiltrating the party leadership too. Of course right now, they totally control the party.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 1:27:07 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kazan

Maybe Romney will ask Hillary or Sheila Jackson Lee to be his running mate?


11 posted on 04/09/2012 1:28:20 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SoConPubbie
Just curious, how many anti-Romney articles do you post a day? Every time I see one on here it is from you. I honestly don't like the guy and being from New York, I doubt I will vote for him. But man, you are on a mission on here.
12 posted on 04/09/2012 1:31:42 PM PDT by Mike10542
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To: A.Hun

My comment:
“See my tagline. It is not that often that Willard is candid, and this was one of those moments.”

Your comment: “Romney didn’t say it.”

Bishop Willard’s comment:
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/romney-im-not-willing-to-light-my-hair

You lose, sugar.


13 posted on 04/09/2012 1:48:49 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Psalm 144

I still don’t get your comment, regardless of your tagline.

Romney didn’t make the etch a sketch comment, the one the thread is about. How could he be candid in a remark he didn’t make?

If the thread was about the comment you’re referencing, sure, you’d be correct.

I didn’t like it when people attributed the “I can see Russia from my front porch” to Sarah when she didn’t say it, I’m just applying the same to Romney.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: GeronL
Maybe Romney will ask Hillary or Sheila Jackson Lee to be his running mate?

...and sadly still draw a considerable amount of Republican votes.

15 posted on 04/09/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: SoConPubbie

Zelig lives! Woody Allen would be pleased.


16 posted on 04/09/2012 2:25:36 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: A.Hun

“I still don’t get your comment, regardless of your tagline.”

You do. Thus your artful edit of my comment.


17 posted on 04/09/2012 2:33:37 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Jagdgewehr

yep....


18 posted on 04/09/2012 2:36:09 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Mike10542
Just curious, how many anti-Romney articles do you post a day? Every time I see one on here it is from you. I honestly don't like the guy and being from New York, I doubt I will vote for him. But man, you are on a mission on here.

As many as I can as often as I can up until the general election.

Those supporting him are going to own him AND his record when he eventually loses and lose he will.
19 posted on 04/09/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

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?


20 posted on 04/09/2012 5:24:29 PM PDT by Mike10542
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To: SoConPubbie

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?


21 posted on 04/09/2012 5:24:41 PM PDT by Mike10542
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To: Mike10542

California


22 posted on 04/09/2012 7:12:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Kazan

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.


23 posted on 04/10/2012 4:34:45 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: SoConPubbie; Mike10542; cripplecreek; MachIV
SoConPubbie, please keep posting the articles exposing Romney's plans to “move to the center.” Until Romney actually wins the Republican nomination there is still some hope, however faint, that people will wake up and realize what we're facing.

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.

24 posted on 04/10/2012 7:03:04 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina
I'm thinking the delegate math may be dubious at the very least. After all we are dealing with pro Romney people giving us the "facts".

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Rick Santorum's delegate count is much closer to front-runner Mitt Romney's than reported, a memo prepared for a conservative campaign huddle in Virginia says.
While most estimates show GOP presidential hopeful Romney with 657 or 658 delegates and Santorum with 273 to 281, "the real count" gives Romney 571 delegates and Santorum 342, the memo by delegate strategist John Yob of the Grand Rapids, Mich., political consulting firm Strategic National said.

Instead of Romney and Santorum being separated by nearly 400 delegates, as widely reported -- which suggests Romney has essentially sewn up the race -- the White House hopefuls are separated by only 229 delegates, said the memo published by CNN and reviewed by United Press International.


Memo: Romney delegates counted too high

I don't know enough about conservativeHQ to say how accurate they are but I provide it for others to make their own decision. Their delegate count is 482 delegates for Romney, compared to Rick Santorum’s 331.

Push to Get Santorum Out Shows Romney’s Weakness
25 posted on 04/10/2012 7:16:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MachIV

It is rigged so the RINOS can pick their candidate and force him on conservatives!


26 posted on 04/10/2012 12:51:58 PM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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To: OldGoatCPO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CocgDJJCBFI

Shakey Shakey Shakey!!!!


27 posted on 04/10/2012 2:30:53 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: OldGoatCPO

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.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 8:49:17 PM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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