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.”
Roger Simon later admitted the article was “satire.”
The take-away here is the danger of reading too much into a picture. On the other hand, as Simon told the New York Times yesterday, “Satire has been called ‘the lie that tells the truth,’ and that is why people react so strongly to it …”
Photo 1 Credit: Al Behrman/AP Images Caption: Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan, left, in Vandalia, Ohio. Romney will be in Toledo today. Photo 2 Credit: Al Behrman/AP Images Caption: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday with his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at Wright Brothers Aviation in Vandalia, Ohio. Photo 3 Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Caption: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, share a moment during a campaign rally in Vandalia, Ohio.