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Admit It: You Believed the “Stench” Story Because You Wanted To

September 26, 2012

I’m sorry, but all of the people now bashing Politico’s Roger Simon (author of the, now infamous, “Paul Ryan vs. The Stench“) for failing at satire need to back off. This includes many bloggers and even my main man Paul Krugman.

When the piece you’re reading includes these passages:

“Sarah Palin began pursuing her own path once she learned that John McCain was having strategy sessions with his morning bowl of Farina.”

“PowerPoint was released by Microsoft in 1990 as a way to euthanize cattle using a method less cruel than hitting them over the head with iron mallets. After PETA successfully argued in court that PowerPoint actually was more cruel than iron mallets, the program was adopted by corporations for slide show presentations.”

Maybe you should question the veracity of the rest?

So if you or someone you love was taken in, even for a brief time, by The Stench you need to just laugh and admit you were taken in. The reason you were taken in is not because it was “really clumsy satire” or because “no one reads Politico for satire” — it was because you *wanted* to believe Paul Ryan has gone rogue and is calling Mitt Romney “Stench”.**

Don’t you feel better getting it off your chest?

** I do admit, however, that the Romney/Ryan campaign is so absurdly inept that it itself bears some of the burden for the confusion.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2012 9:36 pm

    Sandi when I finished the Simon piece I was left wondering whether or not Ryan did the PPT presentation (the first one, not the second which was clearly satire) and whether or not he got smacked by the Romney campaign for it. Was that totally made up too?

    • September 26, 2012 9:44 pm

      I believe that Ryan did do the powerpoint, but I don’t think he was chided by the Romney team for it. I mean, c’mon…their guy did a whiteboard presentation. 😉

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