So, an aide to Mitt Romney slips up and tells the truth...that his candidate would wipe the slate clean of all his fake ultra right-wing conservatism should he find himself the chosen one to go against President Obama this November. The analogy he used (a very damaging one it turns out) was the famous old toy the Etch-A-Sketch. Draw one thing...a quick shake...and the screen is clear for your next creation. The old image (or in this case Romney's words and stance on key issues) forgotten as quickly as they were created.
I'm sure the aide in question has had his backside well and truly kicked for this error of political strategy. One thing is certain, it was not a lie.
But here's what really pissses me off. Santorum and Gingrich were as quick as anyone to jump on this mistake, both brandished newly purchased Etch-A-Sketch toys at speeches.
But we all know that this inadvertent telling of the truth applies to all the Republican candidates. Both Gingrich and Santorum would have to moderate their positions and language to stand any chance whatsoever of connecting with enough of the American public to be elected in November. As the Republican battle has become a case of seeing who can out-conservative the others, the positions of these men have become more and more extreme and less and less connected to the reality in which most Americans live. Why the Republicans have chosen to decide their candidate in this ridiculous way escapes me. But I'll say again...
...we all know that this inadvertent telling of the truth applies to all the Republican candidates.
Same toy...different human being.