March 21, 2012 |
With Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, it seems it's always two steps forward, one step back. Romney won a double-digit victory Tuesday in the Illinois primary, and followed it up with a major endorsement this morning from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But one of Romney's spokesmen also offered fresh ammunition to GOP critics of the former Massachusetts governor who see him as an inauthentic conservative, by suggesting in a television interview that the candidate would steer toward the political center as soon as he clinches the nomination.
March 29, 2012 |
Etch-A-Sketch's place in the political dialogue may be more permanent than we thought. A week after the children's drawing toy bedeviled the Mitt Romney campaign, it's being used against another Massachusetts Republican -- Scott Brown. In a new campaign video (watch below) , Democratic Senate hopeful in Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren says that Wall Street and lobbyists "want Etch-A-Sketch senators," suggesting her rival is one of them. "They want the ones who will clear the screen and change their minds to do whatever Big Money tells them to do," Warren says in the video.
March 22, 2012 |
The Romney campaign may be learning that sometimes the best weapon against an unshakably bad story like "Etch-A-Sketch"-gate is to laugh it off. First, a refresher. Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Mitt Romney's top aides, torpedoed what should have been a gangbusters news cycle for the campaign with this answer to a question about how damaging the primary has been to Romney's chances in November. "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.
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June 15, 2000
William Casley Killgallon, 87, who helped devise the name for the toy known as the Etch a Sketch. Killgallon was a vice president at the Ohio Art Co. when it acquired the rights to the toy originally made in England as the DoodleMaster Magic Screen. Killgallon and another executive coined the new name. Etch a Sketch was an instant hit in the early 1960s. Killgallon became president of Ohio Art in 1966 and retired in 1978, after his family bought the company. On June 8 in Charlottesville, Va.
August 7, 1994 |
The work by a big-name artist is rather linear in style, maybe a bit two-dimensional. It could also disappear with one good shake. The 9-year-old drawing by Elaine de Kooning was done on an Etch A Sketch. De Kooning is the late artist, critic and wife of painter Willem de Kooning. And Etch A Sketch is the quickly erasable, two-knobbed drawing board that has gotten countless families with children through countless long car rides.
October 11, 2012 |
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not hoping for this or expecting it, but maybe it wouldn't be the end of the world if Mitt Romney became president. Never in my life have I supported a Republican for president, and I don't intend to start now. I'm voting for Obama, and I urge you to do the same. I don't even really understand the intense disappointment many liberals seem to feel about the president's first term. For heaven's sake, with the Affordable Care Act, he crossed off what had been the top item on the liberal to-do list for decades.