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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/23/2012

All Etch, all the time; eyes on Illinois; and Specter’s everywhere (read-this roundup)

Etch-A-Sketch fever persists. (KAREN BLEIER - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
It’s Day 3 of the Etch-A-Skandal, and our colleague Phil Rucker has a smart profile of the aide who uttered the name of the now-infamous toy. Eric Fehrnstrom is described as disciplined and a good campaigner, but he was also behind another campaign gaffe--he had created a fake Twitter account for an opponent of Sen. Scott Brown (D-Mass.), for whom he also works, and accidentally revealed his identity by tweeting from his personal account. Time to hit the reset button, or...

And Chris Cillizza lays down the law of when politicians’ gaffes have staying power: it’s when they “speak to a larger narrative about a candidate or a doubt/worry that voters already have about that particular candidate.”

Something to keep in mind during a gaffe-y campaign season.

All about Illinois — If Democrats are going to take back the House, it will happen in the president’s old backyard,where Democrats controlled redistricting. Our colleague Paul Kane reports on the candidates on whom Democrats are pinning their hopes. As Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)--who is facing a tough Democratic challenger--put it, “Their road to Pelosi as speaker is through Illinois redistricting.”

Specter’s Spectre — The suddenly everywhere former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter writes a column in the Post today on judicial recusals. The guy’s a lawyer through and through--we love a column whose arguments start thusly: “Starting with the 17th-century principle from Lord Coke...”

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