Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
You knew this would happen, it was inevitable. Ayn Rand fanboy and Tea Party darling, Rep. Paul Ryan, is following in the footsteps of the Tea Party Queen, Sarah Palin.
Back in 2008 when Sarah Palin realized that the conservative base showing up at campaign rallies were there to see her and not the fast-sinking John McCain, she stated she was "going rogue" and would go her own way with an eye towards the 2012 GOP nomination. How'd that work out for ya?
This week Sarah Palin in slacks, Rep. Paul Ryan, has come to the realization that he also is tied to a fast-sinking Willard "Mittens" Romney and has decided he is "going rogue" and will go his own way with an eye towards the 2016 GOP nomination. Ryan has picked up on a meme from GOP political operatives and begun referring to Mittens as "The Stench." Ouch! That's going to leave a mark.
Roger Simon writes at POLITICO, Paul Ryan vs. The Stench:
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.
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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.
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That was Friday, and that was the end of Ryan following the game plan. At a certain point, all running mates on failing campaigns feel they must break free from the manacles placed on them by the top of the ticket. Sarah Palin began pursuing her own path once she learned that John McCain was having strategy sessions with his morning bowl of Farina.
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Ryan’s PowerPoint slides were officially labeled: “Our Unsustainable Debt (U.S. Debt Held by Public as a Share of Economy),” “Your Share of the Debt,” “Who Funds Our Reckless Spending?” and “How the Government Spends Your Money.”
The Romney campaign was furious. But Ryan reportedly said, “Let Ryan be Ryan and let the Stench be the Stench.”
According to Ryan’s official schedule, on Wednesday he “will attend a Victory Town Hall at Walker Manufacturing in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a Victory Rally at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”
Sources close to the Ryan campaign tell me his two new PowerPoint presentations will be: “How a Bill Becomes Law” and “Canada: Friendly Giant to the North.”
Ryan fever. Catch it!
The "Galt - Gekko 2012" campaign has gotten itself into trouble using theme music at rallies for which it has not obtained the approval of the artist. Paul Ryan should start using "That Smell" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.