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Spokesman for Romney says he’s an “Etch A Sketch” candidate who can easily change his positions

Incredible!

Mitt Romney’s big victory in yesterday’s Illinois Republican primary was offset at least a little (perhaps a lot, as time will tell) when his communications director went on TV this morning and SAID in effect that the Mittster is likely to abandon some of his right-wing positions once he wins the nomination:

Eric Fehrnstrom was asked if he’s concerned that Romney may alienate general election voters with some of the hard-right positions he’s taken during the primary to appeal to conservatives. Fehrnstrom brushed this concern off:

 HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?

FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.

Ed Kilgore’s reaction to Fehrnstrom’s amazing gaffe is so delicious that it requires two separate posts (HERE and HERE).

UPDATE: There’s more astonished reaction HERE and HERE.

UPDATE II: DailyKos has a great COLLECTION OF TWEETS on this controversy, which suddenly is becoming a firestorm.

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