Thursday, March 22, 2012

Santorum and Gingrich: morons

I officially wash my hands of both of these tools. Enough already! I've never supported either one and have been--and still am--lukewarm on Romney, but I've felt both were at least serious-minded people. Obviously, I was wrong. They're both--Santorum and Gingrich--world class buffoons who need to just go away.

What is setting me off, you might ask? It's the nonsense of yesterday, revolving around the "Etch-a-Skectch" comment of Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. During a CNN interview, Fehrnstrom was asked if Romney would suffer among moderate voters in the General Election because he's had to move right in the primary. Fehrnstrom's answer:
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 we start all over again.
Now look, Fehrnstrom is right: to a degree, there is a reset in the General Election. If not, how does George H.W. Bush end up running in the VP slot for a man--Reagan--he had been ridiculing for months? If not, how do the Clintons end up campaigning for Obama after Hillary had insinuated he wasn't ready for the job? Because the truth is that many people on the far right currently opposed to Romney will support him in the General Election if he wins the nomination. We're all adults here. That's the way it is, the way it has always been.

Nonetheless, many right-wing pundits were quick to pounce on the comment as indicative of Romney's willingness to flip-flop on issues or the like. And left-wing pundits pounced on those criticisms, actually suggesting that it was a huge deal, that it could sink Romney's campaign, and that it was a Romney gaffe, even though it was made by Fehrnstrom. Observe the small mind of Dana Milbank--who we already know is in the tank for Obama, come hell or high water--at the Washington Post:
Will Romney ever end his string of debilitating gaffes? As the Magic 8 Ball says: Outlook not so good.
Ha, ha, ha! What a knee-slapper! You so clever, Dana!

But he's got nothing on Santorum and Gingrich. Santorum sent an aide to Toys-R-Us to purchase a bunch of the toys, then proceeded to hand them out at an event, hold one up, and misrepresent what Fehrnstrom actually said in attacking Romney:
"One of Governor Romney's aides today on television said that Gov Romney, after he wins the primaries, will be like an Etch A Sketch. You take whatever he said and you can shake it up and it will be gone and he's going to draw a whole new picture for the general election," said Santorum. "Well, that should be comforting to all of you who are voting in this primary. That whoever you are going to vote for is going to be a completely new candidate, remove all trace of any kind of marks and be able to draw a new picture. Maybe a picture sort of like when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, not as a conservative. One thing you can say--even my staunchest critics will say--is what you see is what you get."
Fehnrstrom didn't say Romney was like an Etch-a-Sketch, he said the campaign was like an Etch-a-Sketch, a distinction with a huge difference. But Santorum continued on from there, mocking Romney further with comments about the Constitution being on an Etch-a-Sketch in Romney's world. Then there was this precious bit:
Santorum's campaign tweeted out a photo of Santorum using the toy with the caption "@RickSantorum studying up on @MittRomney policy positions."
Oooo, burn! Is this middle school, now?

Gingrich behaved similarly--though maybe not quite so over the top, to be fair--by handing out an Etch-a-Sketch to a young child and telling her that "you can now be a presidential candidate." Of Romney, he said:
If we're dumb enough to nominate him, we should expect by the acceptance speech he'll move back to the left. Governor Romney's staff doesn't have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out, and I think having an Etch A Sketch as your campaign model, raises every doubt about where we're going.
What's raising doubts here is Santorum and Gingrich trying to be comedians, using Carrot Top props to score political points, and showing just how horribly obnoxious both are as human beings. It was a disgusting display, in my opinion, based on a rather innocuous comment about the realities of a General Election campaign, as compared to a primary campaign. Again, it's nothing new. But the willingness of Santorum and Gingrich to twist it into something else is a new low for both. And I've had enough.

Meanwhile, in actual political news, Jeb Bush has endorsed Romney and recommended Marco Rubio as the best choice for the VP slot:
[Rubio] is the best orator of American politics today, a good family man. He is not only a consistent conservative, but he has managed to find a way to communicate a conservative message full of hope and optimism.
Word.

Cheers, all.

4 comments:

  1. It's particularly entertaining when you consider how far to the right both Gingrich and Santorum have moved from their voting records when they were in office. There's only one consistent candidate running, and he's been marginalized at every opportunity by both the party and the press.

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  2. I wish Romney's aide would have rejected the whole premise of the question, that it's somehow a liability to be conservative in the general election, rather than provide his dopey, maleable answer.

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  3. Please stop giving morons a bad name.

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