We are in the second round. The bracket is here. So far, our first two second-round matches haven't been very close. Will today present more of a challenge?
1. MITT ROMNEY WIELDS AN ETCH-A-SKETCH
John Fugelsang: Good morning, sir. It's fair to say that John McCain was considerably a more moderate candidate than the ones that Governor Romney faces now. Is there a concern that the pressure from Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to attach so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?Original write up here.
Eric 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 we start all over again.
We already knew that Mitt Romney doesn't have a single principled bone in his body. It was just refreshing to hear his campaign admit it. It was the gift that will keep on giving all the way to November.
2. RICK SANTORUM OPPOSES WELFARE FOR "BLAH" PEOPLE
I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.Original write up here.
1. Santorum doesn't want to give black people "other" (read: white) people's money, because as every conservative thinks, that's all they do—suck up welfare dollars.
2. Next day, in damage control mode, Santorum claims he had black people on his mind because he had just seen Waiting for "Superman."
3. That didn't make much sense, so a short while later, he had a new explanation: "In fact, I’m pretty confident I didn't say ‘black.’ I started to say a word and sort of mumbled it and changed my thought." Again, that makes no sense. Listen to the audio or read the quote above—it's a coherent sentence and thought, there's no change mid-stream.
4. Finally, he decided that he had said "blah people" all along, because there's a real epidemic of blahs wasting taxpayer dollars!