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Top Story: Mitt “Stench” Romney Losing 3 Big Swing States by Large Margins [updated]

“If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.” – Paul Ryan [via Roger Simon, Politico]

IT BEGAN with Mitt Romney’s 47% disaster in front of mega-wealthy donors. Paul Ryan saying that Mitt Romney was “obviously inarticulate.” But according to multiple reports now, Ryan is trying to save himself so he can live to run another day.

Roger Simon’s piece has spread like wildfire and is causing a gigantic ripple.

The new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls of likely voters emphasizes the disaster in making.

The New York Times, in collaboration with Quinnipiac University and CBS News, is tracking the presidential race with recurring polls in six states. In Ohio – which no Republican has won the presidency without – Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney 53 percent to 43 percent in the poll. In Florida, the president leads Mr. Romney 53 to 44 percent in the poll.

The surveys, which had margins of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for each candidate, also included a Pennsylvania poll, where Mr. Obama is leading Mr. Romney by 12 percentage points.

The Romney campaign continues to argue that it’s the polls that are wrong. Sean Hannity is leading this embarrassing talking point through Dick Morris, with both of them making even bigger fools of themselves than usual.

When a tape was shown in Ohio on “Morning Joe” today the “stench” was in full view. The crowd started chanting “Ryan. Ryan. Ryan.” Romney stepped up and when he shook Ryan’s hand you could see what Paul Ryan was saying to his running mate. It looked like “Sorry, man.” Romney smiled, then started saying “Romney-Ryan. Romney-Ryan.”

It was horrifying.

As the Simon report goes, things got worse when Paul Ryan broke out a PowerPoint presentation, which allegedly made Team Romney “furious.” *[See Update Below]

It’s the second presidential election where the top of the Republican ticket is the drag and the veep nominee is the draw. There’s something bigger at play than Mitt Romney’s “stench” and when he loses in November it’s set to explode.


Naturally, no writer wants to put a blinking sign indicating “This Is a Joke” above his or her parody piece. But editors should realize that if there is even a chance that such a sign is necessary, it’s probably best to spike the whole idea. – [Bloomberg]

UPDATE: After the column by Roger Simon swept the political world, a clarification was slipped in at the end of the piece by Politio. It took a clarification call from Buzzfeed to Politico to confirm what Simon was actually writing about.

[Author’s note: Jonathan Swift did not really want Irish people to sell their children for food in 1791; George Orwell did not really want the clocks to strike thirteen in 1984; Paul Ryan, I am sure, calls Mitt Romney something more dignified than “Stench” and Microsoft did not invent PowerPoint as a means to euthanize cattle. At least I am pretty sure Microsoft didn’t.] – Politico

“Stench,” referred to in Simon’s column in a quote satirically attributed to Paul Ryan, comes from this New York Times column:

If the Republican ticket loses in November, the rush by Mr. Ryan and other 2016 hopefuls to position themselves for the Iowa caucuses “is going to look like Best Buy the night after Thanksgiving,” said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa. “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.”

Some people directly attributed the “stench” line to Paul Ryan, using it as a rogue rallying cry.

You can see how I used it above, capitalizing on Simon’s column to drive the point, though I did so carefully, as I honestly wasn’t sure what the hell Simon was doing. I’ve already written about Ryan going rogue, utilizing his quote “obviously articulate” as the first example, when Romney talked about the 47%. Let me add that the “multiple reports” about Ryan distancing himself links to a Dave Weigel where he links to others and the actual use of PowerPoint to show off his inner wonk. I will not issue a retraction to this piece, because it’s not warranted in my view, as the subject is the polling “stench” out of three battleground states, as well as the embarrassing video where Paul Ryan gets whoops and Romney does not, which adds further aroma to Romney’s candidacy.

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70 Responses to Top Story: Mitt “Stench” Romney Losing 3 Big Swing States by Large Margins [updated]

  1. angels81 September 26, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I almost felt sorry watching that horrible clip of him and Ryan in Ohio. You could almost see it in Romney’s face, that he knows its all slipping away. His only chance now is to win the debates with a knockout blow, and I don’t see that happening. The man is truly a empty suit, and people are seeing that the empty suit is completely clueless.

  2. Ga6thDem September 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I find it highly ironic that Ryan is saying this because he’s a huge drag on the ticket and probably one of the worst VP picks in recent history.

    • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      As bad as Romney’s been who can tell if Ryan’s a drag?! ;-)

      • ladywalker68 September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am #

        HA! ;)

      • Ga6thDem September 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

        Haha. I know but Romney seems to have really been going downhill since he picked Ryan.

    • Solo September 26, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Romney is the drag not Ryan. Out of the two them it’s Ryan who as the credibility with the GOP base. Accepting Romney’s VP offer was not a good career move for Ryan.

      • Ga6thDem September 26, 2012 at 11:05 am #

        Well, that’s the problem in a national election. You pick someone who is popular only with the crazed base of the GOP????

  3. Jane Austen September 26, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    There isn’t one redeeming quality about the Romney/Ryan campaign. The only thing they have going for them are the rich. I don’t know what he can do to relate to the average American. Something is sadly missing.

  4. angels81 September 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I think Ryan has hurt Romney with the one group were Romney polled well, and that’s seniors.

    • Jane Austen September 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      angels81 – seniors like me are terrified of this man. They see him dismantling SS and Medicare, not overhauling it. You should hear them at the senior citizens center. They would rather keep what they have knowing that a second term Obama may change things for them and future seniors,

      • angels81 September 26, 2012 at 9:30 am #

        Jane, I’m 64 and as terrified as you are, its the main reason I will vote for Obama.

  5. mjsmith September 26, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Florida and Virginia is up for grabs, according to recent reliable polls that have proved to be accurate within their own margin of error, such as recent Rassmusen. Ohio is going to be a challenge for Romney. The polls that count are the ones focused on likely voters. President Obama has a chance of being re-elected.

    • angels81 September 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Rassmusen? Rassmusen has always been a lean to the right poll and has been one of the least accurate. According to the Wall street, CBS, Faux news, MSNBC polls show Florida going big for Obama.

      • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

        Lying as usual. Rasmussen is the one big polling firm that gets it consistently right

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

          Step AWAY from the crack pipe and turn off limpwithnoballs.

    • Solo September 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Has a chance? Of the last 30 national polls realclear has up President Obama is ahead in 25 of them, half of those are outside the margin of error. He’s tied in 2 and Romney is 1 point ahead in 3! So out of the last 30 national polls Mitt Romney doesn’t enjoy a clear lead in any of the them, not even the polls that came from outfits with a clear and well know con bias. Rasmussen and Gallup. “President Obama has a chance of being re-elected”?

      • mjsmith September 26, 2012 at 10:31 am #

        Gallup and Rassmusen have a proven track record of being somehwat accurate. The NY Times and CBS have a clear track record of having an “over -the-top” bias.

        • spincitysd September 26, 2012 at 10:54 am #

          Nate Silver has BHO at near 80% chance of reelection. Not. Good. At. All.

          • Solo September 26, 2012 at 10:56 am #

            In your humble opinion I take it?

        • Solo September 26, 2012 at 10:55 am #

          Let’s assume your right, u do know that Gallup has Obama at 50% job approval and 43% disapproval right? They also have him 3 points ahead nationally 48%-45%! Rasmussen today is tied today!

          • mjsmith September 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

            Solo – 3 points is within the margin of error. I pay more attention to the polls in the swing states. Ohio and Virginia are must wins for Obama. Romeny has to win Virginia, or else have just about everything else in the swing states to go his way. I heard the same information you mentioned from Gallup recently too. The upcoming debates and even the VP debates are very important for both candidates.

          • Solo September 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

            Sec is right! You do have a sense of humor. Ohio and Florida are must wins for Romney, most of the swing states are for that matter!

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

          BWAHAHAHAHA!!! “has a PROVEN track record of being SOMEWHAT accurate” ?!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA! Stop, stop, yer killin me here!!!!!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Yeah…”President Obama has a CHANCE of being re-elected”!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!
      “Florida and Virginia is up for grabes” BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
      Really mjsmith…you should be doing stand up….that or seeking help for this break with reality.

  6. guyski September 26, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Is there a way to discuss polling data objectively? How the polls are weighed? Stuff like that? Absolutely not. But one thing is when the margins get too large, some people might not feel the need to vote.

  7. PWT September 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Let’s face it, Mondale was the worst candidate ever.

    • angels81 September 26, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      Boy, that’s the best you can come up with? Even if that was true, Romney is closing in on Mondale at light speed.

      • ladywalker68 September 26, 2012 at 10:09 am #

        Taylor is right. Republicans are so much in denial I “almost” feel sorry for them. You know they are desperate when then have to reach all the way back an dredge up Mondale…..LOL!! :)

      • PWT September 26, 2012 at 10:11 am #

        You’re right, Al “sigh” Gore and the Pantsuit were much worse.

        • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

          “Pantsuit” never got to the nomination, so any analysis is irrelevant because she lost to Obama handily.

          • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

            This truly is the twighlight zone. Hillary did not “lose handily”. You of all people pushing that lie! You should be ashamed.

            Anyway, I am laughing about most of the comments in this thread. Keen political observers usually are not snookered so easily.

      • PWT September 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #

        Well, to be fair, Bod Dole sucked pretty had too.

      • PWT September 26, 2012 at 10:14 am #

        Bob Dole.

        • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 11:05 am #

          Neither Mondale, for whom I voted, or Dole, who had a heroic life story that anyone could appreciate, are close to what Romney is as a candidate. In modern history, there is no equivalent.

          Neither Dole, and certainly not Mondale, would EVER have been caught in fundraiser talking about the 47% as Romney did, nor saying if he had been Hispanic the election would have been easier.

          In fact, there has been no Republican, including Ronald Reagan, but going back to Nixon, who would have EVER rhetorically written off and had to do damage control over an I’m Not Worried About Them comment.

          People have very short historic memories.

          Michael Dukakis was actually worse than both Dole and Mondale. But again, Dukakis would not have written off the working class, let alone picked a veep who wanted to voucherize Medicare, while eviscerating Medicaid for the least fortunate.

          I really don’t think people get what this means for the Republican Party going forward. Losing this election brings us full circle to where we were before Barack Obama had his history-making win in ’08.

          What this early demoralization due to Romney’s collapse in swing states will do for the base has to be harrowing for Karl Rove & Co. where Congress is concerned.

          • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

            Oh, Obama and the clingers. How soon you forget.

          • mjsmith September 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

            John Kerry was a well qualified candidate as far as democrats go. His campaign for President was a disaster.

            His highlight in 2004 was the first debate against President Bush.

            He could not pick a worse choice for VP than John Edwards. Edwards would not even change his campaign slogan to match Kerry’s. Kerry openly regrets his decision and the two never spoke since.

            Instead of telling voters about his plans, he told people on live television to go to his website during his speech at the DNC, to get more information about his plans for the economy, for education, for health care, for energy independence.

            He did so poorly in the other debates against master linguist George W. Bush that is enormous boost hs campaign gained from the first debate vanished. He even mentioned howhe worked well with Sen. McCain (McCain endored GWB).

            Kerry never had a strong National campaign strategy, he just focused most of his attention and resources on the states he felt he needed to win in order to become President.

            The results
            Electoral vote 251
            States carried 19 + DC
            Popular vote 59,028,444 48.3%

    • spincitysd September 26, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      James M. Cox, all time worst candidate. He Only captured 34% of the vote in 1920.

  8. angels81 September 26, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Pretty lame PWT. Your boy is going down in flames and the best you got is to come up with Gore, Mondale and whoever pantsuit is. Your boy shows up for an event, and people ignore him and yell for Ryan. How sad is that?

    • PWT September 26, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      As I’ve told you before old clown, I’m voting for Gary Johnson.

      It is pretty sad. We’ll have four more years of Bigger’s incompetence on the economy, entitlements and foreign affairs.

      • angels81 September 26, 2012 at 11:59 am #

        Well, my comment applies to him too.

  9. Lake Lady September 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Once the narrative is set it is hard to see it through any other lens, Ann Romney’s recent appearance on the Tonight show is a prime example for me. She was asked what causes she would pursue as First Lady..she said….” MS, breast cancer, and if she gets any other diseases between now and then…” it sounded so self absorbed to my ears.

    • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Yet you support the “I” president? You are all too funny. Obama is the biggest narcissist to hold the presidential office ever! His narcissism is quite unpresidential.

  10. casualobserver September 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    “guyski September 26, 2012 at 9:39 am # Is there a way to discuss polling data objectively? How the polls are weighed? Stuff like that? Absolutely not. But one thing is when the margins get too large, some people might not feel the need to vote.”

    I will take you up on your desire to analyze as opposed to yet another thread sustained solely with redundant and predictable posturing from the usual suspects.

    As I read the occasional inside baseball postings of the pollsters, the weighting or bias by party ID is varied by each pollster each time based on their prediction of turnout by ID. The polls that are predicting a D turnout equalling or exceeding 2008 are the same polls giving the big Obama leads. The polls that use something between 04 and 08 are the ones in the 1-3 plus range. If you compare ALL polls being taken, you can see there is a readily apparent bi-modal distribution of results…….meaning the two groups are not actually assessing the same event.

    Of course, all this Romney blow-out will reduce voter interest, but you never know exactly how that will emerge by ID.

    I am, however, going to save this comment…… “it’s the polls that are wrong….. this embarrassing talking point”……….and just consider it another hammer hanging in the garage to be utilized at the appropriate come to Jesus time just after the election.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      “I am going to save this comment….”it’s the polls that are wrong….this embarrassing talking point” and just consider it another hammer hanging in the garage to be utilized at the appropriate come to superstitious make believe entity time just after the election”
      BWAHAHAHAHA! You’re nearly as funny as mjsmith!!! Maybe you two could be the next Gracie and Allen of Politics? Just a suggestion of another way to accumulate all that money you seem so fetishly fond of.

  11. PWT September 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Why don’t you hop on over to Bloomberg to get a clue as to what Ryan was talking about:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/politico-s-paul-ryan-satire-the-joke-s-on-them.html

    • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      um… Changes nothing in the piece above, though the guy over at Bloomberg is a bit out-dated.

      I haven’t been on the radio in 10 years!

      • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

        Um, it sure does!

      • amabomon September 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

        You hosted blog radio program last election.

        • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

          It’s called a podcast, which is not a radio show. Huge difference, amabomon. I’d have been THRILLED if my shot at radio had worked out, but it did not.

  12. amabomon September 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    One of the indicators of a good reporter is a retraction when she gets something wrong.

    • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      I was obligated to offer an update to the post.

  13. casualobserver September 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm #”BWAHAHAHAHA! You’re nearly as funny as mjsmith!!!”

    Then let’s put something more than talk on the table.

    If Obama wins by 8 percent or more, I will agree to never post another comment on this blog after the election.

    If Obama does NOT win by at least 8 percent, you agree to do the same.

    Got the guts?

    • mjsmith September 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      I would settle for seculardeharmonizer to just learn how spell correctly and communicate a point online in a way that someone reading his typing could understand. Ane we could agree to pretend to appreciate all of this attention from sec.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter September 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

        “I would settle for seculardeharmonizer to just learn how spell correctly and communicate a point online in a way that someone reading his typing could understand. Ane we could agree to pretend to appreciate all of this attention from sec.”

        This is satire right? I mean….even YOU couldn’t have SERIOUSLY posted this and not expected anyone who has come round these parts for more then a couple of weeks not to bust a gut laughing!!!!
        I’m telling you, you and the other Mittens fans should take this stand up routine on the road…you are FUNNY!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      How about this….If Romney wins PERIOD I will never post here again. How about you…got any guts? Willing to do the same if Obama wins? Come on, got any guts? Any at all?….didn’t think so.

      • ogenec September 27, 2012 at 9:42 am #

        You have to love this guy and his demands. “If you don’t show me a poll that I pick that shows an Obama uptick by a spread that I pick by a date that I pick, well, then, your argument is completely invalid!!!!” As John Malkovich so eloquently said in Transformers, “WTF to that…..” Obama beat McCain in 2008 like he stole something and his margin was just over 7 points. And 8 points is your over/under for 2012? I’m tempted to go “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!”

        This many weeks left, and the best you can do is quibble about the margin of an Obama victory? Wow, your guy is in even worse peril than we have presumed.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 28, 2012 at 5:49 am #

          Don’t succumb to temptation!!

      • PWT September 27, 2012 at 9:52 am #

        I’ll take that bet. If Mr. Romney is electred President, you can no longer post here, if Mr. Obama is elected President, I can no longer post here. Deal?

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

          You got it….everyone witness this?

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      How bout it casual? You got any ca hones? Straight up, Mittens wins I am gone. Wassa matta? Empty change purse hanging down there? Obama wins you crawl back under your rock.
      “Then let’s put something more than talk on the table.”
      Hmmmmmm…crickets, crickets, crickets…thought so.

  14. citizenjane September 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Y’all got punked.

    • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      What’s incorrect in the piece above?

      But as the update clearly states, I had no idea what Simon was trying to do, but “stench” was the perfect adjective for the polling, as well as the Romney-Ryan video.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  15. eyesopen September 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    The fact is the Politico piece was pure satire, however, biased journalists (who blindly accept what they read and are told without confirming facts) jumped on it and helped spread an untruth. I’m an editor and a writer. A professional would retract any statement they write or distribute if it’s found to be false. Can we find a political journalist anywhere, even here, who will cover the election based on facts and policies, rather than on satire? I think both candidates deserve that. However, the days of reliable journalism, and ethical behavior, seem to be gone, replaced by political analysts who devalue the role a journalist should play, especially in politics. If something was reported as truth and later found to be inaccurate, the least a decent journalist would do is delete it. A true professional with ethics would retract and apologize to the offended parties.

    • Taylor Marsh September 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Appreciate you stopping by, though you don’t have much credibility, as you obviously haven’t read my work or my book.

      What’s incorrect in the piece above?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  16. ogenec September 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I don’t think the crime here is bias per se. The Romney ticket is in a fair amount of trouble, objectively speaking. And Paul Ryan HAS to be thinking about his political future. Which will require some measure of independence if it turns out to be a losing campaign. (Personally, even as an Obama supporter, I think it’s WAAAAYY to early to be breaking out the champagne. This thing has a ways to go, and anything can happen. Even if the polls are accurate as to prevailing sentiment right now.)

    No, the real crime is not recognizing satire when one reads it. It wasn’t even good satire – it was much too obvious. It says a lot about our instant gratification, reflexive, culture that Roger Simon had to add a coda to make the manifest even more so. We need a “slow food” movement for the consumption and dissemination of news. What hath blogs and Twitter wrought????

  17. Cujo359 September 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    The bit about PowerPoint probably should have given it away, but the first page of that Politico piece reads like straight news to me. We’ve heard and read enough things about how people behave in campaigns that are going badly that it’s not inconceivable Ryan would say such things (although I think it unlikely he’d have been so obvious about it).

    After all, the reason we all know that PowerPoint couldn’t be used to euthenize cattle is that cattle are too easily bored to watch it in the first place. We have no such contradictory common knowledge in Ryan’s case.

    This is why there’s a “sarcasm” keyword on my blog. For whatever it’s worth.

    • Cujo359 September 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Ahem. “satire” keyword. Clearly, I haven’t felt the need to use it in a while. These days, the truth is plenty stupid already.

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