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September 27, 2012

Tell Stench I’m Having Finger Sandwiches with Peggy Noonan…

Here’s the quote from Politico that was all the buzz yesterday (1, 2, 3), accompanied by some of the more “fitting” images. Roger Simon later admitted the article was “satire.”

Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”

Roger Simon later admitted the article was “satire.”

The take-away here is the danger of reading too much into a picture. On the other hand, as Simon told the New York Times yesterday, “Satire has been called ‘the lie that tells the truth,’ and that is why people react so strongly to it …”

Photo 1 Credit: Al Behrman/AP Images Caption: Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan, left, in Vandalia, Ohio. Romney will be in Toledo today. Photo 2 Credit: Al Behrman/AP Images Caption: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday with his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at Wright Brothers Aviation in Vandalia, Ohio. Photo 3 Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Caption: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, share a moment during a campaign rally in Vandalia, Ohio.

  • bks

    Calling it “satire” is not strictly true. Craig Robinson, Former Policial Director of the Republican Party of Iowa, and currently Editor of _The Iowa Republican Magazine_ wrote in an article entitle “The Stench Of Romney”:

    “When pressed about Ryan’s future, I admitted that he would be a serious contender, and then I added, “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him.” For the record, I was quoted accurately. …”

    And Simon took off from there.


    • Karen H

      I actually wondered if the story was untrue at all or if Politico was pressured…that’s how believable the anecdote was to me.

  • kidzmom1

    Buyer’s remorse.

  • LanceThruster

    Stinky is as stinky does.

  • Megan

    I tried the cover-one-side-of-the-face-then-the-other technique that I learned in the commments here, but Mr. Ryan just looks unhappy both ways.

    • Michael Shaw

      We really have been at this a long time, haven’t we, with all kind of accumulated knowledge — and technique besides!

  • Liz Clark

    I’d like to know why Romney chose to wear what appears to be a Daytona (Beach, Florida) jacket to an event in Ohio. Did he think that it would appeal to “those people”?

    • Chris Fitzgerald

      I think he was at a NASCAR race recently. Baggers are big NASCAR fans.

    • Michael Shaw

      Really glad you brought this up. It jumped out at me too first I looked at this. The campaign of a thousand off notes.

  • Scarabus

    I just saw this AP photo on the CAP site. Makes a nice complement to those above. Totally sharp focus on Ryan, with Romney very fuzzy in the background. We may be seeing the first 40 days of Ryan’s 2016 campaign.

    • Gabby Parsons

      There’s no way in hell that Lyin’ Ryan will run for president in 2016.

  • gasho

    Ryan isn’t happy with Mitt – you can see it. Mitt’s continuing to waffle and wiggle to try to get his platform straight, in line with his party, his running mate, the facts, the voters and everyone else – then tell it with a straight face as if it’s what he truly believes. He can’t hold it together. Ryan isn’t happy with how it’s coming out. Who is?

  • black_dog_barking

    In the context of a political party whose motto is “The Truth is What I Said Today” it gets damn near impossible a) to separate fact from satirical exaggeration, and b) concoct bullshit wild enough to qualify as satire. Mr Simon’s task was at least daunting, likely impossible.

    When I saw this yesterday I eventually suspected satire but I was far from certain. Anyone who got it wrong is blameless in my eyes, the culprit is Mr Romney’s well documented habit of saying whatever he wants in his world of etch-a-sketch do-overs and mulligans.

  • Chris Fitzgerald

    Paul watches as his future swirls the bowl slowly spinning down.

  • Cactus

    In watching and listening to Mitt over the past weeks, I really think he wants to be the president, but he doesn’t want to BE PRESIDENT. IOW, he wants to get the office because he thinks it’s due him, but having gotten there, not too interested in doing anything. That is aside from easing the path for his rich buddies.

  • tinwoman

    Cheney and Bush couldn’t stand each other either, but fortunately Bush wasn’t very interested in governing and just let Cheney do it, to all out sorrow. McCain and Palin couldn’t stand each other, but they weren’t elected, so it’s hard to see how that relationship would have worked out. Let’s hope we never find out with these two, either.

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