Etch-a-Wretch

After being asked if Romney had moved so far to the right as to no longer have any chance with moderates, a spokesman for his campaign, Eric Fehrnstrom, said, “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 surely one of the wackiest, and possibly purest, moments in U.S. political history. It says policy positions don’t matter. The economy, the environment, education… none of it matters. It says what a candidate says doesn’t matter. It says any lie told in service of getting elected doesn’t matter. And, it also boldly says, people won’t care that their candidate is a dishonest charlatan, and it’s that last statement that I can’t buy. It might be too late for the Republicans to change course on this, but people must still at least desire the illusion of an honest candidate.

Will the United States actually entertain electing a president who loudly proclaims, “I am a liar, and fuck you for caring about my lies!”? Will the moderates be swayed? Will the teabaggers simply sit back and suck Romney’s balls now that his ascension to the Republican throne is assured? I can’t wait to discover the answers to all these questions and more. Thank you, Republican clowns, this has been a delightful primary season. It’s been so good, in fact, that it may be time to take your final bow.

This is truly amazing. Newt Gingrich is already flopping around on stages waving an Etch-a-Sketch around like a holy relic just bought off eBay. Republican Party, your threat level is high.

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