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Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch Disaster

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MITT ROMNEY ETCH A SKETCH
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I’ve been thinking about this all night: Eric Fehrnstrom’s etch-a-sketch gaffe yesterday 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, as Kerry locked down the nomination–was in 2004. This is true for several reasons:

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