Keller @ Large: A Toy For Every Politician On Your Shopping List

BOSTON (CBS) – In a campaign that has seen so many slippery slopes and slips of the tongue, a children’s toy has become the focus.

Mitt Romney’s Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom said the campaign will hit the reset button for the general election, like using an Etch-A-Sketch.

Instantly, his rivals were jumping all over that statement, saying this proves Romney is not a true conservative.

It certainly gives his doubters a colorful opening and it shows how sometimes the simplest thing like a child’s toy can become an unwanted symbol of a candidate’s political weaknesses.

Would Mitt Romney like to wipe away this whole analogy? Of course he would, but that may take awhile and in the meantime, it may have opened up a whole new genre of match ups between politicians and toys.

At Boing Toys in Jamaica Plain, we found there is something for every politician on your shopping list.

“Madeline at the White House” to help them keep their eyes on the ultimate goal.

The “In a Pickle” game to help them out from under the occasional gaffe.

“Play-Doh,” because one thing all these politicians understand is that if you really want to compete, you’ve just got to have the dough.

President Obama has the money, but could use a magic wand to wave away high gas prices and bring back his long-lost political magic.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum seems to like his fire-breathing image, even if at times it leaves him sounding like a political dinosaur.

For Newt Gingrich, the man who wants to colonize the moon, Star Wars toys are the obvious choice.

And what about Senator Scott Brown?

He already has a pickup truck, but given the tough reelection campaign he faces, maybe he needs a bigger one, with more space for rhetoric.

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  • Tsal&kv

    Perhaps a child’s toy is the focus because every one of them acts like a spoiled child the majority of the time. Fun topic!!

  • The Owl

    And Obama can have the Pinocchio toy for the whoppers he’s letting fly.

  • 1stackmack

    what about the old fashioned yo-yo,for obama.just sayin..

    • The Owl

      A “top” might be appropriate for all politicians given the amount of “pivoting” they do!

    • Tsal&kv

      Heyyyy. I got a Duncan for Christmas. My grandson asked for one and I had to have one too. Hi onestack!

  • mikey

    Considering the field of candidates running “Play-Duh” is more like it and that includes our Illusionist-In-Chief President Obama. Give me 5 trillion bucks to throw at a problem and I’ll also create the illusion that things are just hunky-dory.

  • Tin

    This is totally off topic, but I think it is cool and for a very special boy….wanted to pass it on, maybe you all will want to do the same.

    A little 9-year old boy in Dracut is battling Neuroblastoma (an agrressive, malignant brain tumor). His birthday is coming up IN FIVE days and he LOVES getting mail. He has a FB page: “Super Nick Power”. His mother wanted to try to get him a birthday card from every state. Do any of you know anyone in: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Louisianna, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, N. Carolina, N Dakota, S Dakota, Tennessee, W Virginia and Wyoming… could you ask them to send Nick a card?

    This is what his Mother wrote on facebook:
    “So as some of you know Nick’s birthday is this month, the 27th and he will be 9 years old. I thought I would surprise him with some happy mail. He loves getting mail. Was trying to see if he can get a card from EVERY STATE. We know he has a lot of followers. Will collect all the cards and give them to him on his birthday. Any one interested send to:
    Super Nick Power
    PO Box 142
    Dracut, MA 01826

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