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The case against sincerity in politics

It is a great quality in our friends. But to insist on it in our leaders is asking for trouble

It’s the political gaffe that keeps on giving: When Mitt Romney’s longtime campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom was asked on CNN if Romney risked losing moderate voters by appearing too conservative in the Republican primaries, Fehrnstrom replied: “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.”

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