People are commenting on the latest Roger Simon column as if it’s supposed to be read literally. I think Simon is going in for humorous exaggeration:
Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.
“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.
Coming from a resident of Iowa, a state where people are polite even to soybeans, this was a powerful condemnation of the Republican nominee.
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.”
Not that I’d disagree with Slinky, Jr., that The Stench is an even better label for his running-mate than Slinky. But that’s part of why I don’t believe that the story is meant seriously; a scenario that involves Paul Ryan saying something true lacks surface plausibility.
The larger story hear is the astounding dissing of the (semi) Human Etch-a-Sketch by mainstream political reporters. This is the way Mondale and Dukakis and Gore and Kerry were treated, but – aside from McCain at the very end – I don’t recall a Republican Presidential candidate getting anything resembling this sort of treatment.
I very much doubt that Romney is a worse human being, or would make a worse President, than GWB. But reporters and pundits really, really loathe him, and it’s showing. For once, liberal media bias isn’t just a fairy story, though I don’t think the hard time Romney is getting has much to do with his political views.
Update Buzzfeed confirms with Simon that this was supposed to be a joke.