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March 23, 2012 3:36 AM   Subscribe

It's too late to buy Ohio Art shares, but we now know that Romney will never be the US President, thanks to his aide's gaffe about "Etch a Sketch".
posted by Meatbomb (32 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Couple of problems with what seems like poster editorializing and "will never be president" linky going to an article that doesn't actually suggest that at all. Maybe a redo tomorrow? -- taz



 
Just like magic, all that was said is now unsaid.
posted by caddis at 3:55 AM on March 23, 2012


While there isn't any doubt that Ohio Art may sell a few more Etch-A-Sketches in the next month (especially to the Santorum campaign), the sudden jump of the Ohio Art shares and how this has been publicised all over the business "news" makes me rather think of a "pump and dump" scheme.

In short: I'd avoid buying shares in Ohio Art as much as shares in the Romney campaign.
posted by Skeptic at 3:57 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obama is one lucky motherfucker.
posted by bardic at 4:03 AM on March 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


GOOGLE SPIROGRAPH SHEEPLE
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:14 AM on March 23, 2012 [17 favorites]


Unluckily for Eric Fehrnstrom, Rmoney loves firing people...
posted by Renoroc at 4:20 AM on March 23, 2012


"Etch" isn't a bad nickname though.

"Hey, it's Etch!" "Where you been buddy? Martinis are on Etch tonight!"
posted by R. Mutt at 4:25 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


How stupid is the 24 hour news cycle? This stupid.
posted by indubitable at 4:26 AM on March 23, 2012 [8 favorites]


'Rmoney' pretty much sums him up, yessir.
posted by item at 4:26 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obama is one lucky motherfucker.

The GOP field is so bad this year I bet even a liberal could win. I wish one were running.
posted by DU at 4:29 AM on March 23, 2012 [13 favorites]


I want to ask what the hell this has to do with anything but then I remember the Dean Scream and how that somehow became the death knell for his chances to hold any office, and realize there will never be a satisfactory answer.
posted by ardgedee at 4:30 AM on March 23, 2012 [7 favorites]


How stupid is the 24 hour news cycle? This stupid.

Exactly. Come either June (end of primaries) or August (the convention), Romney's numbers will be significantly higher than they are now when the GOP coalesces behind him. Barring something truly galling, he'll be far less unpalatable when he's running neck-and-neck with the personification of those who will actually destroy America and the free market with Sharia Law and collectivist facism.
posted by zombieflanders at 4:32 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Santorum could use an Etch-A-Sketch of his own based on this Tweet.
posted by gman at 4:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's funny how perceptions are contextual and shaped by who's projecting them. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about how it was possible for Romney to be so removed from the way most people live. When he was running for governor of Massachusetts, he just didn't seem this clueless.

It was probably because the Democrats decided to present a field of total wieners. Romney kind of strode in, seemed boring but competent, and had great hair. He didn't get subjected to the type of candor that national candidates get exposed to.

But now it's obvious that Super-Wealthy + Mormon = Replicant from Planet Awkward. He has all the insulation that comes from not having to wipe his own ass as well as the insulation that comes from being raised in religion that intentionally isolates itself from large chunks of American culture. He's an amalgam of Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders and it's just so hilarious to watch.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:40 AM on March 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


Eh.

Democrats voted for Kerry. Republicans will vote for Romney. The independents who decide elections will see if they can afford the gas to drive to the polls.
posted by Trurl at 4:50 AM on March 23, 2012


"We now know that Romney will never be President." Huh? Maybe that's a joke but I see the election being extremely close. Wouldn't surprise me a whit if Romney wins.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:53 AM on March 23, 2012


Oh my god, gman. Oh my god.

Oh my god.
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:54 AM on March 23, 2012


gman, that's a fake, right? Right?
posted by brokkr at 4:58 AM on March 23, 2012


I've looked at Santorum's twitter feed back for a month and I don't see it. Could be older or could have been deleted. Pretty revealing if real, though.
posted by DU at 4:59 AM on March 23, 2012


Oh my Cheeses H. Thinking a Bill Maher joke is a real Rick Santorum tweet is like the liberal version of thinking Obama is a Muslim. I done heard it somewhere, Travis - it must be true!
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:00 AM on March 23, 2012


"we now know that Romney will never be the US President..."

Uh, in the third sentence of that linked article:

"But the Romney Etch A Sketch comment may not be remembered for long."

The election is over six months away, a lifetime in the uber-short media cycle as it exists these days. This comment will be forgotten in less than two months. Of course, Romney will almost certainly make some other gaffe before the election...
posted by zardoz at 5:02 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's fake. It was a comedy segment on Maher's show.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:03 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, he invented the etch-a-sketch before he didn't, YAAAAAH!
posted by spitbull at 5:05 AM on March 23, 2012


Seriously, can anyone name some hard policy positions that any candidate has laid out yet? All I can gather from watching the news these past few months are the usual mouthed platitudes and flavor of the moment posturing.
posted by indubitable at 5:05 AM on March 23, 2012


In any case, as some commentator pointed out, even if we assume that there's a passionate centrist inside Romney awaiting his inauguration so it can come out, he'll be as hamstrung as Boehner by the need to kowtow to the True Believers in Congress.
posted by Trurl at 5:09 AM on March 23, 2012


Romney's numbers will be significantly higher than they are now when the GOP coalesces behind him.

Ask Al Gore how an unenergized and uninvolved Democratic party coalesced behind him after the convention to stop a right-wing regressive from taking the oval office...

Romney is reviled by his own party, and a lack of leadership at the top of the GOP is causing it to split apart at the seams, exposing its rotten innards to moderates and independents. Until they get another charismatic tabula rasa like Bush backed by faceless behind-the-scenes wrench-men like Rove and Cheney, the GOP is likely to continue to flounder.

Meanwhile, Boehner is clearly insane - the man paints himself orange and cries at Irish music - and Mitch McConnel is busy hounding out moderates from the senate.

There's an outside chance that not only will they not take the Senate, they may lose the house. That notion was pure fantasy before the Iowa caucuses.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, with two justices nominated by Obama, delivers big for the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Obama kills Osama, wins the war in Libya with a loss of zero troops, got us out of Iraq, is getting us out of the Stan, and now the economy is beginning to turn positive. That pretty much wraps up the left-wing, moderate and independent vote. Taking the house will hang on whether the GOP learns to shut the fuck up about social issues, so I'm pretty optimistic.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:09 AM on March 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Seriously, can anyone name some hard policy positions that any candidate has laid out yet?

Sure, with Romney it's easy, just take any given issue and figure out what the two opposite positions are on that issue and BAM you have ROM-E's (ver 2012.3.4) position... all three of them.
posted by edgeways at 5:10 AM on March 23, 2012


Being shown a tweet and checking if it's real is not quite the same thing as being told something and then having it proven wrong repeatedly but still believing it. In fact, I'd kind of call those opposites.
posted by DU at 5:10 AM on March 23, 2012


This election will be decided by how people feel that week. People can't remember anything past that. It's the never ending now.

That being said the Etch-a-sketch is a perfect metaphor for Romney's ever changing political positions.
posted by brevator at 5:10 AM on March 23, 2012


Obama...delivers big for the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

lolololol
posted by DU at 5:12 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ask Al Gore how an unenergized and uninvolved Democratic party coalesced behind him

Enough to win the popular vote, at least.
posted by Trurl at 5:13 AM on March 23, 2012


The election is over six months away, a lifetime in the uber-short media cycle as it exists these days. This comment will be forgotten in less than two months. Of course, Romney will almost certainly make some other gaffe before the election...

This one has a chance to be long-remembered, I think. I hope it becomes important. A candid admission of cynicism and pandering is a big deal. Of course, we all know it's just fact even if many of us pretend that candidates' positions matter. Let's hope this has legs.

I hope it's remembered and important because I would like to see less acceptance of candidates' words/promises at face value. As for the particular candidates, I don't care. If I vote for president it will be for someone ineligible for the office either through foreign nationality or being dead.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:14 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Santorum tweet sadly didn't happen, but this did, courtesy of Maryland's pretty cool governor Martin O'Malley.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:15 AM on March 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


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