Mitt Romney's senior aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, was onto something when he described the presidential campaign as "almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again." Here's a look at how some other classic toys from the 1960s and '70s can be used to explain where the candidates stand as they head into the spring.
"Spin the spinner and call the shots, Twister ties you in a knot."
It takes a contortionist to explain Romney's past support for such moderate positions as health care mandates and Wall Street bailouts, while courting an ultra-conservative base. Try holding this position for another eight months.
"You glide on a thin film of water and it makes you go like a jet!"
Still riding the momentum of his surprise emergence as Romney's chief rival, Santorum hurls himself at every issue with little regard for where it will take him. Religion, contraception, college education -- there he goes again, right off onto the lawn.
"The cordless microphone that actually puts your voice on the radio."
Paul knows he's not going to win. But as long as the microphone still has power, he is going to use it to push his ideas on stripped-down government, minimalist regulation, and bringing the troops home.