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Written by actor Jonathan Del Arco, who plays Dr. Morales on “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” He has been campaigning for the President since July and is also a gay activist and fundraiser for GLSEN in Los Angeles.

During the summer one of Romney’s advisors was asked how the Governor would be able to walk back to the center after having taken such radical right wing views during the primary. Prophetically the advisor said that it would be like an Etch-A-Sketch. Come the fall good old Mitt would just shake it off and draw a new image for the American public to consume.

At this week’s Presidential debate we saw him try to do that. It’s not that he flip-flopped per se, in fact what he did was much worse because he cynically tried to hide his policies from the American people because he knows they will hurt the middle class and his chances of winning the election. But the President took that Etch-A-Sketch and smashed it to the ground by calling out the Governor’s misleading statements.

When it comes to taxes, Romney is offering the American people what the President aptly called a “sketchy deal.” Americans are asking Romney to give us the basic math, but Romney’s plan just doesn’t add up. He spends $5 trillion in tax cuts favoring the wealthiest that don’t need it. He spends $2 trillion on a defense buildup the Pentagon hasn’t asked for. And he has failed time and time again to explain how he’d pay for any of it because he can’t pay for it.

That’s not all. Romney lied about his own promise to veto the DREAM Act. He lied about his support for self-deportation and Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law. But we know the truth because we’ve got to know Romney over the course of the six years he’s been running for President. He’s the most extreme nominee on the issue of immigration in modern presidential history.

If that wasn’t enough, Romney’s debate answer on equal pay for women was part of his pattern of failure on women’s issues. Only Mitt Romney would talk about “binders full of women” when asked about what he would do to help women in their fight for equal pay. It’s because he wouldn’t. He refuses to stand up for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and he believes politicians and women’s bosses should make women’s health decisions — not women and their doctors.

There’s too much at stake to let Romney hide his true positions with one magical Etch-A-Sketch moment after another.

According to Wikipedia the Etch- A-Sketch first became popular in 1960 which makes it a perfect analogy for a Presidential candidate that seems to be stuck in that time period when it comes to women’s issues, gay rights and trickle-down economics. Though I think after what we saw this week he’s more Etch-A-Sketchy than anything else.


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2:54PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Hardly, Whoopie had it right, and you blockheads get it wrong 100% of the time. No surprise that dumb would support dumber.

I've never seen hatred "spewed" at Ann Romney, but pointing out her lies and sense of unearned entitlement is a totally fair, and non-hatred thing.

Nearly every single example of hatred here or in the political world is a conservative thing, as hatred and lies are all they have.

1:59PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

You are so right Paul B. A great example is the hate spewed toward Mrs. Ann Romney. Truly disgusting. BTW, Whoppie Doopie Goldberg looked pretty stupid on The View trying to attack Mrs. Romney for Doopie had all her facts wrong. Ah ha ha ha...


11:04AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012


6:57AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

"Romney lied about his own promise to veto the DREAM Act. He lied about his support for self-deportation and Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant law."
Romney (and Ryan) lie about so many thinks and tend to get away with it because he depends on what holds true so much of the time...our short term memory for what is fact and fiction. We tend to suck up what is most current and in the news cycle, and...far too often...overlook the lies he has repeated over and over again for all the years he has tried to get elected. It should be clear to most of us that Romney will say or do anything to be president. Then and only then can he run the country as he did Bain everyone elses expense except the uber rich and well connected.

9:51PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Kinda preachin' to the choir here, and I know I
am carrying my Ronco pocket soap box with
me, BUT, how do we get to those folk who have
been deluded into thinking Mr. Romney actually
cares about them?

Have you seen the "" videos? They
are wonderful!!!

8:53PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

The truth? You can't handle the truth........Etch-A-Sketch, go figure.

8:15PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Every time Romney opens his disagreeable mouth lies come falling and flying out.

8:03PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing the article by Jonathan Del Arco. With all the lies Romney and Ryan have told they should be in the Guinness Book of World Records.

5:11PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Good grief Mary, Mittens lies more every day than Obama has in his entire political career.

I remember when rational conservatives existed. Where have they all gone? I can't find a single example of an honest one here, although if you don't count it as lying when you believe what you are saying, I guess it's only stupendous ignorance.

And referring to the liberal media when over 90% is owned by conservatives, including MSNBC, owned by the right wing Comcast. And Obama has taken 2-1/2 times the media attacks as Mitt Sleeping Dogs Romney has.

5:03PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Actually, 31 in 41 minutes in the second debate.

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