UPDATE: Our apologies for the misinformation. The Politico article that stated the Ryan camp had started to refer to Romney as “the stench” was a lackluster attempt at satire. The Last Word, Bob Cesca, Paul krugman and others have made the same mistake. At least we’re in good company.
Yesterday, at a rally in Vandalla, OH, Mitt Romney introduced his running mate, Paul Ryan to the crowd. When Mitt finished his not-so-rousing introduction, the audience began chanting,
“RY-AN! RY-AN!” Romney then actually felt the need to interrupt the crowd to tell them to chant his name too, and to make sure they gave him top billing:
“Wait a sec, wait a sec…ROM-NEY RY-AN, ROM-NEY RY-AN, ROM-NEY RY-AN…Okay? There we go; that’s great…”
He even included arm gestures to indicate in what order the names should be chanted. Geez, you’d think they could get it right; they were all issued signs with Romney’s name on top, and twice as large as Ryan’s.
You can watch the video here:
Maybe Mitt Romney has a right to feel as insecure as he looks in this video. Polls indicate he’s losing ground on President Obama daily. And even the staunchest of Republicans have written his campaign off as a train-wreck; their conversations now center on whether Paul Ryan will ever be able to recover from the debacle. Rumors are that Romney has a new nick-name among Ryan staffers, they call him ‘The Stench.’ It’s even what Paul Ryan himself calls the Republican Presidential nominee, according to Roger Simon of Politico:
“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,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.
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.”
Looks as though Ryan, like Sarah Palin before him, has decided to “go rogue.” Or at least as rogue as a policy-wonk and senatorial seat-warmer is able. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan share some common ground, in that neither has actually accomplished much during their time in government. Paul Ryan is just as much an empty suit as Romney; he just hasn’t had the opportunity to display his lack of charm yet. His popularity in Republican circles rests solely on the ‘Ryan Budget,’ an unworkable Ayn-Randian fairy tale, embraced by tea-party conservatives.
So these two unlikable men, have got to somehow hold it together until election day. In a world that contains Diebold and the Koch brothers, they can’t be counted out; but the odds against Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney, sorry, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan taking the White House are getting longer every day.