Rick Santorum holding the prop du jour in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Mitt Romney probably wants to erase today. Fresh off a big win in Illinois he had to contend with… a retro children's toy.
His Republican rivals dusted off Etch A Sketches for use as props on the campaign trail, making fun of comments made by a Romney advisor earlier this morning.
When asked about Romney's push to the right and the impact on moderates, Eric Fehrnstrom said, "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 over again."
Both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich got in the act, toting the red timewasters on stage. (Seriously, how does anyone make those elaborate portraits? It's beyond me).
Team Santorum used it as evidence Romney's a phony conservative and plans to abandon his positions in the general election.
"We all knew Mitt Romney didn't have any core convictions, but we appreciate his staff going on national television to affirm that point for anyone who had any doubts," said Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley. "Voters can trust that Rick Santorum will say what he believes, and do what he says. They may not always agree with Rick Santorum, but they can trust him because they know he is a man of principle."
Romney is in a spot he knows all too well: damage control.
"I'm running as a conservative Republican,” Romney clarified to reporters. "I'll be running as a conservative Republican nominee."