Affectionate nicknames are a time-honored tradition in U.S. politics. You have George W. Bush calling Karl Rove "Turd Blossom." And George W. Bush calling Vladimir Putin "Pootie-Poot." And George W. Bush calling Mitch Daniels "The Blade." Actually, most of them involve George W. Bush.
But it would seem that a brand new darling one was coined this past weekend when a Republican strategist told the New York Times that Paul Ryan will "have to wash the stench of Romney off of him" if he ever wants to be President Ryan…
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."
Oh my god! That is so adorable! You can just feel the affection the two men have for each other pulsating through your computer screen, can't you? It may be harder to feel if you're reading this on your phone; it might seem like a low rumble, like you've got it on vibrate. But take my word for it: That's affection!
And that's why I believe that reports of Ryan "going rogue" have been greatly exaggerated…
[O]n Saturday, the day after he was booed, Ryan broke free. Appearing at a town hall meeting at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Ryan showed the glitz, the glamour, the razzle-dazzle that he was supposed to bring to the campaign in the first place.
He did a PowerPoint presentation for the crowd. According to the National Journal, be began thusly: “ ‘I’m kind of a PowerPoint guy, so I hope you’ll bear with me,’ Ryan told the audience as he began clicking through four slides…
The Romney campaign was furious. But Ryan reportedly said, "Let Ryan be Ryan and let the Stench be the Stench."
You see?! Affection! He used his cute name for Romney. Why would he use his cute name, if there was even a shred of animosity?
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