Important campaign story of the day: Did Paul Ryan wash clean dishes or dirty dishes in his photo op at a soup kitchen?

posted at 7:11 pm on October 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Newsbusters, a little taste of liberal desperation as the left tries to jumpstart another trivial gravity-defying attack-pander on Romney for the benefit of middle-class voters. (Alas, poor Big Bird, we knew ye well.) On Saturday, Paul Ryan swung by a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio after a campaign event; the event had run long, past the time when the kitchen was serving breakfast, so he ended up washing dishes for them instead. Except — the dishes were already clean. The whole thing was a fraud, just like Mitt Romney and the GOP and their pretensions to relate in any way to the working-class voters who are poised to throw Barack Obama out of office. Why, I bet those aren’t even real arrows that Paul Ryan uses when he goes hunting.

Essentially, this dumb meme was a variation of the equally dumb attack on Bush 41 for supposedly being amazed when he saw a supermarket scanner in action. In both cases, the point was to show the Republican “out of touch” with average Americans. And in both cases, it was based on a lie. Bush 41 had seen supermarket scanners before, and Paul Ryan was indeed washing dirty dishes:

The question of whether the Wisconsin congressman cleaned dishes that were actually dirty – as opposed to re-washing already clean dishes so as to get a good photo opportunity — Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society President Brian Antal clarified that Ryan did clean soiled dishes. This differs from what Antal had told The Washington Post Monday.

Speaking Tuesday morning with NBC News, Antal said he was not on-site when Ryan was at the soup kitchen and attributes his earlier comments that the dishes were clean when Ryan washed them to hearing the details second-hand from a volunteer…

In response to questions about Antal’s comments to the Washington Post that Ryan “did nothing” while at the soup kitchen, Antal said his words were mischaracterized. He told NBC News in that Ryan did very little work only compared to the larger context of Saturday morning, when the kitchen fed 180 homeless people breakfast. Antal conceded that Ryan did wash several dirty dishes.

WaPo reported today that Antal, a self-described independent, has chosen to vote in Democratic primaries since the mid-90s. The secondary complaint here is that the campaign “barged in” to the building, which is supposed to be apolitical, without formally requesting approval. But a Romney campaign spokesperson says they followed standard procedure in setting it up, and they didn’t “barge in” but were let in by volunteers who were there at the time. (Antal wasn’t.)

And no, to answer your inevitable question, I can’t quite believe that this is a “news” story on the eve of a presidential debate either. But here you go; fresh from this morning’s “Today” show. At the rate Obama’s polls are going, they’ll be doing half-hour segments with Big Bird on PBS funding during the first week of November.

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So all that talk about how great Biden was was just bluster…deep in their hearts, the libs know Ryan won, too. Good to know.

The comments on Facebook about this were ridiculous. Lots of gloating and mocking.

If nothing else, this election season has shown me…I need new friends. (Well, not all of them are lost to the dark side; there is still a solid, right-thinking core. But I’ve been shocked at how many people I know who think this is a big deal but not Fast and Furious…or a murdered ambassador…or a racist rant at a college, etc.)

butterflies and puppies on October 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

All of this is true but Sandra Fluke still has to pay $9/month for her contraception. How can you be so selfish? ;0

Happy Nomad on October 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Touche. lol

Murf76 on October 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

It’s been a Dem stronghold for years but not so locked in any more, thanks to the decline of the unions there.

Deanna on October 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Let’s be specific here. Not a decline of the unions. A decline of union jobs and increased unemployment.

Happy Nomad on October 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’m going to try to find the linky but in the meantime:

An AP video confirmed that there was clearly dirt visible on at least one of the pots.

(Anyway don’t they usually prerinse those things pretty well before scrubbing)

and now you know the rest of the story…/Harvey

Eviva on October 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

…where’s his “moms” pants!

KOOLAID2 on October 16, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I wonder if Obama actually made that pizza that he delivered to his supporters the other day. If not did he actually call in the order, drive his car to the pizza joint, pick up the pizza and pay for it, then drive it to the campaign headquarters? I’m betting that someone handed him the pizzas as he walked in the door for a photo op. Why no media buzz about Obama’s pizza delivery?

rightinthekeys on October 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Why does this whole “scandal” smell like plastic turkey?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

If this is what Romney and Ryan think is important public relations, we are in deep crap with these two. Compassionate conservatism returns. I heard Romney in a commercial today touting a plan to create 12 million jobs. And the main means of getting there? Energy independence and getting tough with China. Yeah, that’s really going to create the jobs. The next four years are going to be sore to watch.

rickv404 on October 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I am so furious that people are making light of this. The fact that Ryan would try to score political points by wasting water and washing dishes that were clearly clean is the epitome of cynical. Americans need to know about this scandal and I fully intend on telling all of my friends to stop wasting time on Benghazi so we can get to the bottom of this issue.

It’s just like the people at Hot Air to totally miss this issue and the main reason I am voting for Obama. He knows dirty dishes and would never wash dishes – clean or dirty. Why wouldn’t he wash dishes – because he cares about creating jobs! Think about it!

Mormon Doc on October 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

This is PATHETIC! This is a part of the reason why i have a “I don’t believe the liberal media” sticker on my car..what a story!

sadsushi on October 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM

He looks good in a apron too. ;)

magicbeans on October 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

They must be desperate to distract if they have to push this issue. A photo op is a photo op, who cares if the dish was dirty.

SgtRed on October 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

He cares. He really cares…

plewis on October 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

He cares. He really cares…

plewis on October 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM

and you remain stupid, totally unhinged, and absolutely insignificant.

Buzz off reprobate


tom daschle concerned on October 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM

No husband ever lost an argument while washing the dishes. Just sayin’

txmomof6 on October 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

wrong in so many ways.

hanzblinx on October 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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