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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:29 PM

"Shake after primary"...Piers Morgan Asks Ann Romney: ‘How’s Your Etching And Sketching Going?

"Shake after primary"...Piers Morgan Asks Ann Romney: ‘How’s Your Etching And Sketching Going?’

Piers Morgan Asks Ann Romney: ‘How’s Your Etching And Sketching Going?’

“How is your etching and sketching going?” Morgan asked then, to which Romney laughed, having just say today was a “huge day” for the Romney campaign before being asked. “This is exactly what happens in a campaign when you get these distractions,” she argued, defending the comment as referring to “change we’re going to do in terms of organization.” “It makes for great media moments,” she admitted, but was generally not important. Morgan also asked about De Niro’s joke, asking whether America “was ready for a white First Lady.” “I laughed. I took it for what it was, a joke. We take everything so seriously, we have to be so correct,” she lamented, warning De Niro, “in politics, the fastest way to get in trouble is make a joke.”

An Etch-A-Sketch Disaster for Romney

Joe Klein thinks the Etch-A-Sketch gaffe "may go well beyond a momentary embarrassment and become a campaign-defining disaster, much as John Kerry's 'I voted for it before I voted against it' gaffe -- which came at almost exactly the same point in that campaign.

The key reason: "Most obviously, this was a classic Kinsleyan gaffe -- an inadvertent blurting of the truth -- that goes to the very heart of the character problems that have bedeviled Romney throughout this campaign."

But more important: "It makes it much harder, perhaps impossible, for Romney to begin to tack back to the center to appeal to the centrist voters, an absolute necessity for the fall campaign after the free-range extremism of the Republican primary. Every time Romney makes a move, or even a head-fake, it becomes an Etch-a-Sketch moment.


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