And once he was the nominee, wasn’t he supposed to return to the center to appeal to a larger electorate? Erase the lines carved from the surface, drawn so far to the right he was barely recognizable as the former Governor of Massachusetts?
Wasn’t the plan to shake the newly minted nominee and reset his image now that he doesn’t have to compete with others for the love and acceptance of a small group of costumed crazy-people occupying the lunatic fringe, carrying poorly spelled and often racist signs?
Their Etch-A-Sketch must be broken, its knobs stuck, only able to go to the right, the drawing moving slowly in circles down and to the right, down and to the right, down and to the right.
It must have been handled by a three-year-old, who aggressively and clumsily carved into the image the simplified drawings only a child could conceive.
A child who can only repeat actions, mimic what they see creating simple and rudimentary imagery over and over again. Easily distracted by the people dressed so fantastically on the loud and colorful television.
Romney is now permanently stuck on a stylus handled by a clumsy campaign, easily losing the attention of most of the country and trying to hold the attention of a bunch of toddlers who require flash and color and simple words and actions, like a photographer at Sears trying to get a 2-year-old to stop screaming.
In the words of Barney Frank, Romney has crossed a line from “independent into incoherent,” and has very little time to fix the Etch-A-Sketch, shake it up, and get back to running for the Presidency of the entire country. But it’s not looking good, which will be fun to watch at tomorrow’s debate.