Mitt Romney, the (somewhat) human Etch A Sketch (UPDATE)

After many months of moving as far to the right as he could in order to avoid being handed an embarrassing loss by the newly rabid Republican base, it’s fairly obvious that Mitt Romney faces a dilemma in the general election this November, considering most voters don’t wear tri-cornered hats and want to outlaw birth control.

Romney’s communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom, was asked on CNN this morning if his new right-wing rhetoric (his acceptance speech last night included non-existant dust cloud regulations and light bulbs) would hurt him with general election voters, and…. how’s this for some honesty:

“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.”

As Steve Benen says:

Romney 1.0 was an independent who distanced himself from Reagan; Romney 2.0 was a moderate Republican with self-described “progressive” views on social issues and health care; Romney 3.0 was a social conservative who cared deeply about the culture war; and Romney 4.0 is a far-right businessman who represents the GOP establishment and the top 1%.

What will Romney 5.0 look like? I don’t know; I guess we’ll have to wait until after Fehrnstrom & Co. shake the Etch A Sketch and hit the reset button.

Some have assumed that Romney has now locked up the Republican nomination after his comfortable win in Illinois last night and this morning’s endorsement by a guy named “Bush.” But I’m not sure if the Republican voters in states still to come and delegates are going to be too keen on being shaken up and tossed aside so easily once Romney is done winning their favor.

***UPDATE***

Rick Santorum today, right on cue:

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