Politico’s Roger Simon told BuzzFeed that “The Stench” article he wrote was actually a satire. At least seven other major news outlets — NewsOne included — reported on the story, though we made it clear that it was, in fact, unverified. In this political climate his account was certainly not a stretch. Simon is a political columnist, not a satirist, and ‘Politico’ is a legitimate news source, not ‘The Onion.’ Perhaps they’ve decided to spread their wings?
It doesn’t seem so long ago that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan gushed all over each other and patted themselves on the back for all of the budget cutting and deregulation they had in the works. Now, according to Politico’s chief political columnist, Roger Simon, the thrill is gone.
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.”
Even before the stench article appeared, there was a strong sign that Ryan was freeing himself from the grips of the Romney campaign. It began after his disastrous appearance on Friday before AARP in New Orleans. Ryan delivered his remarks in the style dictated by his Romney handlers: Stand behind the lectern, read the speech as written, and don’t stray from the script.
Ryan brought his 78-year-old mother with him and introduced her to the audience, which is usually a sure crowd-pleaser.
But when Ryan began talking about repealing “Obamacare” because he said it would harm seniors, one woman in the crowd shouted, “Lie!” Another shouted “Liar!” and the crowd booed Ryan lustily.
Who boos a guy in front of his 78-year-old mother? Other 78-year-old Mothers.
That was Friday, and that was the end of Ryan following the game plan.
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Well, it should. Sarah “I Can See Russia From My House” Palin, decided to “go rogue,” after it became apparent that GOP presidential hopeful John McCain was going to lose — badly — to President Barack Obama.