That venerable toy, the Etch a Sketch has just been handed a new lease on life, courtesy of Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who on Wednesday expressed confidence the campaign would hit the "reset button" after the nomination and redraw Romney as a moderate candidate.
"Everything changes," he explained on CNN, "It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."
A lovely visual, but I was amazed at it's impact: Almost immediately, we saw Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich gleefully brandishing Etch A Sketches at campaign events, while Romney rushed to contain the damage by promising to be a true conservative forever.
Having worked on a few political campaigns at the local level, I can just imagine that as soon as Fehrnstrom made his comment, staffers for Santorum and Gingrich were dispatched to toy stores to grab up as many of the toys as possible -- clearly they make great visual aids -- while the speech writers went to work on how to integrate the toys into their candidates' speeches.
But what amazed me even more was reading that the price of Etch a Sketch's stock soared
on the power of this news event. Why saw that coming?
And here's an article from CNN
that discusses how this image is going to be hard for Romney to "shake." (ha ha)
Meanwhile, Santorum's efforts to capitalize on the gaffe have landed him in the news. He actually said it would be better to vote for Obama
than an "Etch a Sketch Republican" like Romney.
Oooh,I'm not sure there's anything more entertaining on TV these days than watching this year's campaign antics!! By the way, does anyone still have their old Etch A Sketch buried in a toybox somewhere? Don't think I do.