Infamous Video Game Blunders

March 27, 2012 by staff 

Infamous Video Game Blunders, Mitt Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom’s offhand comment likening his boss’ presidential campaign to an Etch A Sketch is being referred to as a “disaster” among political pundits.

Romney’s opponents are taunting the candidate openly, with Rick Santorum tweeting a photo of himself playing with the toy and Newt Gingrich bringing one out at a rally. It’s ballooned into an internet meme, and the makers of Etch A Sketch are seeing sales skyrocket.

Surprising? Sure, but it’s hardly the first time a political gaming gaffe has made waves. While Romney and his crew continue the damage control, they might take solace knowing that plenty of other public figures have gotten in hot water over a game.

Learning that politicians aren’t always working hard to protect their constituents is hardly surprising news. Still, it’s rare to see them publicly flaunting their disinterest in our well-being.

In 2009, the Associated Press published a now-famous photo of a pair of Connecticut lawmakers sitting in the back row of the state’s House of Representatives playing Solitaire as a debate raged over the state budget. Freshman representatives Barbara Lambert and Jack F. Hennessy were caught red-handed. After the incident, Lambert decided not to seek re-election. Hennessy, though, won another term…and probably his Solitaire game.

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