By BJ Bjornson
There really isn�t any better way to describe this quote from top Romney advisor Eric Fehnstrom when asked whether or not the radical far-right positions Romney�s been espousing during the primaries may hurt him come the fall regular election campaign.
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.
Forget for a moment that it has already been noted that it is actually far harder for a candidate to back down from their primary promises than a lot of people like to believe it is and remember that we�re talking about a candidate who has been doing his level best to convince the rabid Tea Party GOP base that despite his reputation as a �well-oiled weathervane�, he actually does really hold all of the ultra-right wing positions he�s been spouting and happen to directly contradict everything he�s ever done in public life outside of the campaign for president. Now, one of his advisors goes out and says that as soon as Romney has clinched the GOP nomination, he�s going to throw out everything he told the GOP base and start his campaign promises all over.
Romney�s opponents have to be laughing their assess off right about now at the great gift they�ve just been given. It probably still won�t help Santorum or Gingrich, but it has helpfully reinforced the single greatest weakness Romney has as a candidate; the fact that he appears willing to take any and all positions on an issue should it appear politically favourable at the moment, and the fact that it has come from his own advisor just makes it stick to him that much more.