I have heard many many political analogies in my 65 years but the comparison of Mitt Romney to the venerable Etch-a-Sketch has to be the most spot-on reference of all time. Mitt Romney is like an Etch-a-Sketch, no matter what you write, draw, or by analogy, say, all you need to do is turn it over, give it a few shakes, and you get a fresh screen to start over and say something possibly diametrically opposed to what you said before. So nothing Mitt promises or stands for is permanent—just shake him up and you get a completely different view. That certainly instills trust.
This could be one of the biggest gaffs in history—yes, it wasn’t the opposition that came up with this one but the candidates’s own campaign spokesman. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are going wild with this one and given the attention to the Etch-a-Sketch, I doubt that the comparison will be forgotten in November. The Democratic sign printers must be gearing up for this one.
As evidence that the gaff was noted, sales of Etch-a-Sketch on Amazon jumped 1,200 points in rank and the toy went from being a nostalgic toy made by a small company in Ohio to being the 110th most popular toy in the country. I understand that Ohio Art, the makes of Etch-a-Sketch, is flooded with orders and more attention than they have had in years (the last bubble was when they moved production of Etch-a-Sketch to China). I heard a spokesman from Ohio Art suggest that the Etch-a-Sketch was perfect for political activities since it has a knob on the left and another knob on the right.
It’s sad that the Republicans are going into the upcoming presidential race with such a doofus for a candidate (I know, he hasn’t locked it down yet but it would be even more disastrous if one of the other clowns was nominated). I actually have a somewhat optimistic vision for the outcome of the election: first, Obama will win and will win big: Republican lies cannot overcome Obama’s successes; then the conservative backers of the Republican candidate will realize the just spend millions of dollars and it was a complete waste: Citizens United or not, it might be harder to get these guys to put up the big bucks the next time the Republicans ask; the Republican party will splinter and moderate Republicans will form a third party that looks good and starts to build a following: the remainder of the Republican Party will be completely taken over by the loonies and will demand that the United States become the world’s first Idiocracy.
Like H.I. McDunnough, I’ll just lie back with my hands behind my head and dream off into the future … with a smile on my face.