Like any truly great politician, the real Mitt Romney doesn’t exist
“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 of over again.” ~ Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom on whether his boss’s hard-right turn will alienate general election voters.
That’s a lovely image: an Etch-a-Sketch of ideas, positions, beliefs, all so transient and loosely held that, when it comes time to run a general election campaign, you can shake them away as if they never existed to begin with. Sand under a glass plane. If only the Romney campaign could delete every blog post, YouTube video, CNN clip, etc. perhaps this temporariness could become a reality.
Then again, voters have short memories. And for many ‘independent’ voters, this lack of substantial first principles and honesty may not actually be that big of a deal. Romney is tall and handsome and so long as he refrains from singing, his charisma may carry him where his sincerity cannot.
Video mash-up hat-tip goes to Alyssa.
I’ve been writing a lot less about politics these days.
What an interesting thing happens when you do this, when you start thinking more and more about video games and gadgets and pop culture rather than the primary season soap opera. Politics and the importance of politics begin to diminish. I realize that this is merely a perception. That cacophany of blame and deflection begins to fade into the background and a sort of warm apathy washes all over you.
Politics are deadly serious business, of course, especially if you’re not American and also live in the Middle East. But there is something somehow quite liberating about not caring quite so much what atrocious thing Rick Santorum just said about gays/women/minorities or what crazy idea Newt Gingrich just had about going to the moon/White House/Iran or what shameless pandering Romney just pulled off to this or that demographic.
The soap opera is thrilling and scandalous, of course, and does a very fine job at chipping away at my faith in humanity.
Now we have direct confirmation that Mitt Romney is an Etch-a-Sketch candidate. And he’s not even the worst choice.