No, Ryan isn’t badmouthing Romney behind his back

posted at 5:21 pm on September 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Ace. The bad news? A swath of left-wing media, including Lawrence O’Donnell, bit hard on a lame “satire” at Politico. The worse news? This isn’t the dumbest Romney-related non-story that they’ve fallen for this week, which makes me wonder how far we should go in blaming the “satirist” for this rather than his audience. If the left really is so eager to demonize Romney that they were able to convince themselves, in all seriousness, that a 65-year-old frequent flier who graduated from Harvard Law doesn’t know that you can’t open the windows of a plane at 35,000 feet, then they’re beyond understanding satire. At least until November 7th.

The “satire” from Politico columnist Roger Simon:

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…

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.”

If you’re going to take that at face value, the obvious reading is that Ryan’s joking. It’s not crazy to imagine him mocking the “stench” quote in the NYT story by referring to Romney that way tongue-in-cheek. It is a little crazy, notwithstanding Simon’s best attempts in the rest of the piece to suggest that Ryan’s gone rogue, to think of him openly referring to his running mate as “Stench” with sincere derision six weeks out from election day. He’s too disciplined a pol for that even if he did secretly feel that way, and there’s no evidence to think that he does. But in case there was any lingering doubt, the author dispelled it earlier today:

Simon told BuzzFeed: “Some people always don’t get something, but I figured describing PowerPoint as having been invented to euthanize cattle [elsewhere in the column] would make the satire clear. I guess people hate PowerPoint more than I thought.”

Follow that last link for a reaction round-up of the left’s greatest, most credulous hits. The only reason to take the column at face value was because Simon’s typically straightforward in his political writing, not given to flights of whimsy that coincidentally happen to involve the Republican VP nominee dumping on the top of the ticket a few weeks before a presidential election. On the other hand, this is the same guy who once wondered whether polls are actually a form of shamanism because they use smaller samples to guesstimate how larger samples will behave. Admittedly, that’s not an unpopular theory at the moment, but I’m pretty sure it’s … not correct.

Here’s clear-eyed newsman Lawrence O’Donnell going hook, line, and sinker to open last night’s show on a story that was way too good for him to check.

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Didn’t Hannity just riff on these clowns for exactly this sort of thing?

This is just a symptom of the systemic bias within the media. Aren’t we always being told that all of our big systems have a systemic bias against an identifiable group? This one’s ours.

So learn a lesson from O’Donnell. I’d like to know if he just read enough to go on the air and ignored the other warning signs that something was too good to be true, or worse he trusted somebody. Would you like to be the guy who fed him just enough of the story to run with?

CitizenEgg on September 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

And that’s a problem how? You’re just arguing about size of the couch, not the fact that everyone agrees to get one.

No, I’m arguing that a couch isn’t a fire engine.

Romney seems like a decent man who loves his country. That’s a significant step up from the last four years.

kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Heck, if you’re going to use that as criteria, that would apply to Bill Gates, Bill Bradley and Warren Buffett as well. I wouldn’t want ot see any of those as president, either. It would apply also to Bob Dole and John McCain and many another electoral loser.

This is just making the election some Batman vs The Joker scenario, using the same mindset that many of the Bush-deranged Dems did. The problem isn’t really Obama, or that Obama is Satan-Mao-Stalin-Castro. The problem is statism, and statism lite isn’t going to solve a damn thing.

ddrintn on September 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

The problem is statism, and statism lite isn’t going to solve a damn thing.

It’s the only viable option we have this year.

No staying home, no BS “protest” votes. The only people who are suggesting a vote for Johnson right now are Obama supporters, whether self-identified or not. Romney must win. Then we start looking for the next best candidate. We have some up and comers.

And to get them to run, we have to show that conservatives will come out and vote. To that end it’s also increasingly important to keep churning the House and the Senate. Impose de facto term limits and keep voting in more and more conservative congressional representatives. Show the conservatives that it’s okay to love America.

From now on, every single ABR gets painted as an Obamabot. Hell, we were tolerant to let you complain this far into the cycle; you should have been lockstep behind the candidate after the primaries, or else out buying your Obamaflags. I don’t care what your reason is, but 40 days out from the election if you aren’t 100% behind Romney, you’re 100% for Obama.

And if you are for Obama, you are threatening AJ.

AJsDaddie on September 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Ryan isn’t badmouthing Romney behind his back

No, that’s Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt’s job…

Gohawgs on September 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

When I first saw the tag line, stench, I figured this to be a thread about the gilled one.

Bmore on September 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

avagreen on September 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

A new concern troll, or just someone dumber than a box of rocks?

Al in St. Lou on September 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM