Etch A Sketch Takes Center Stage In GOP Fight

Etch A Sketch Takes Center Stage In GOP Fight: So the biggest news of the battle the Republican primary today, Mitt Romney has been basking in the glow of his 12-point victory in Illinois? Actually, no. OK, so it must have been Jeb Bush, a popular former governor of Florida, brother of the last GOP president and respected conservative Romney endorsing? Wrong again.
The news of the day, as ordered by, average Republican rivals Romney and Obama’s campaign was a phrase from Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior Romney adviser, for the Etch A Sketch, the drawing toy that, as a person Romney, recalls , 1950.Etch A Sketch Takes Center
Asked on CNN whether he was interested that fought GOP primary ‘may force the governor to turn right until now,’ he would alienate moderates in the general election, Fehrnstrom said, ‘Well, I think you press a reset button for the fall campaign. It changes everything. It ‘s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake and restart all over again.
The statement given Romney’s opponents a stick to beat him. While the question was about policy positions, Fehrnstrom Romney – who may not listen to them carefully enough to answer it seemed as if he was talking about campaign strategy and dynamics.
Like all ‘gaffe’ – to use the word journalism that all of us to distribute this type of error – is damaging because it was done in an existing perception of Romney.
That perception, deeply rooted, is that Romney is a ‘Flopper vibration’, a ‘well-oiled weathervane’, someone who now describes himself as ‘strictly conservative’, but previously it was called a ‘progressive’. A moderate, a liberal in some respects, while running for office in Massachusetts, now that is looking for the GOP nomination as Romney withdraws right wing.
The comment Etch A Sketch was manna from heaven for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – who promptly appeared on the campaign trail with the toy – because it seemed to strengthen their argument that Romney is a conservative is not a real do or say something to win an election.
Gingrich tweeted that Etch A Sketch was ‘a great toy, but a losing strategy’. Santorum spokeswoman Alice Stewart was sent to a Romney event in Arbutus, Maryland to distribute mini Etch A Sketches reporters and proclaim that ‘the conservative principles must be written in stone, not to Etch A Sketch’.
He also worked for the Democrats because it seemed to show that Romney is not to be trusted and allowed them to support his positions would mask the “extremist” by the primary language of craftsmanship in the general election.
It worked for the media because it was a nice video clip of pithy, he changed the subject from the boring reality that Romney is the Republican candidate and de facto, well, it’s easier to report on a gaffe that a political position.
And let’s face it, there was a lot of comic potential. The Washington Post (Etch A) happily made hay sketch writer, and so did the American Bridge exploit Democratic PAC.
But what do the observations of Fehrnstrom, Romney a fair partner in the last ten years and a former journalist for Boston Herald, Romney actually tell us?
The answer is: not much. Its conventional wisdom that the presidential candidates veer toward the center in a general election after appealing to their base in the primaries. It ‘obviously true that the campaign will be so different from the primary that Team Romney will essentially return to the drawing board.
Fehrnstrom is a combative and highly effective consultant who is extremely close to Romney. Not for one minute think he’ll be fired for this. He got a bit ‘of annoyance on Twitter last year, but the episode was laughing inside the campaign and then quickly forgotten.
Today, Fehrnstrom observations were an avoidable own goal – and very similar to some errors of the candidate, who also tended to occur early in the morning. Will become a running joke, as is Seamus the dog story is repeated ad nauseum. For those already predisposed to dislike Romney, will provide ammunition bit ‘more.
All we had some fun with the jokes Etch A Sketch today. But eventually the win Illinois Romney and Jeb Bush endorsement is much more significant.

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Liking Facebook’s IPO Could Be Problematic For Retail Investors

Liking Facebook’s IPO Could Be Problematic For Retail Investors: The buzz over Facebook’s forthcoming IPO has been propelled at least in part by retail investors hoping for a piece of the social media giant’s predicted $75 billion to $100 billion valuation.

But when the company’s stock eventually hits trading floors, Facebook fans who want to get in on the company’s initial public offering are likely to feel as left out as the Winklevoss twins.

Google’s 2004 IPO was conducted via a complicated auction process intended to level the playing field between big trading firms and the little guys. Absent such an arrangement, the advantage tends to go to the players with the most trading volume and money.

By the time your average online brokerage customer can get his or her hands on a stock like Facebook, it’s probably going to already be on an upward trajectory. And those investors hoping to buy on a dip should think twice.

Last year’s spate of tech IPOs saw the stock of companies such as LinkedIn and Zynga put on an initial bounce before stabilizing. However, the hype surrounding Facebook’s IPO has been building for so long that the stock price could stay elevated for longer than other recently debuted tech stocks, analysts say. Continue Reading…

Websites Go Dark To Protest SOPA PIPA Bills

Websites Go Dark To Protest SOPA PIPA Bills: In the first strike of its kind, thousands of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing shut down for up to 24 hours Wednesday to protest a pair of federal antipiracy bills that they said amounted to censorship of the Internet.

The online grass-roots campaign is directed at the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which aim to crack down on foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies, music and counterfeit goods.

To protest the bills before they go to a vote, pages on Wikipedia’s English language encyclopedia site have gone dark and now feature a short note that tells visitors to “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge.” The note went on to say: “Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”

Visitors are given a link where they can learn more and then are urged to contact local legislators by plugging in a ZIP code. Continue Reading…

Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA

Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA: Do not try to look up “Internet Censorship” or “SOPA” or “PIPA” on Wikipedia, the giant online encyclopedia, on Wednesday.

SOPA and PIPA are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet, but major Internet companies say the bills would put them in the impossible position of policing the online world.

Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, now says his site will go dark for the day on Wednesday, joining a budding movement to protest the two bills.

“This is going to be wow,” Wales said on Twitter. “I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!”

Other sites, such as Reddit and Boing Boing, have already said they would go dark on Wednesday. And some of the biggest names online, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, have vocally opposed the proposed legislation.

PIPA, the Protect IP Act in the Senate, and SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, have been presented as a way to protect movie studios, record labels and others. Supporters range from the Country Music Association to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading…

Kathleen Edward Taunted on Facebook for Huntington’s Disease Dies at 9

Kathleen Edward Taunted on Facebook for Huntington’s Disease Dies at 9: Kathleen Edward, the 9-year-old girl who suffered from Juvenile Huntington’s disease and was taunted by a neighbor for it in 2010, died Wednesday at her Wyandotte home in Michigan  with more than 20 friends and family members beside her bed, according to reports.Kathleen died from the hereditary, incurable brain disorder less than three years after her mother, Laura Edward, died of the same degenerative brain disorder. Edward’s grandfather also died from it. Continue Reading…

Gingrich Assails Romney In New Hampshire Debate

Gingrich Assails Romney In New Hampshire Debate: As long as voters cast ballots for the first primary of 2012 polls just hours with hunger leaves GOP presidential candidates in a debate of Mitt Romney on Sunday during his conservative credentials in question andNew Hampshireelection to her formidable lead in a last-ditch attempt to burst.

Romney, who your partner face-to-face attacks leading up to the ladder is managed in the Republican primary election Tuesday, own a whole heap of combative “meet” press debate here Sunday, the opening moments of the object detected by Palo Alto-based Facebook, NBC and New Hampshire Union leader of Manchester 12 hours just sponsored. Encounter and debate after a Saturday night. Read More…