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Republican Craig Robinson: Paul Ryan “Will Have to Wash the Stench of Romney Off Him” to Run for National Office Again (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Mittastrophe:  Craig Robinson, 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.” Damn, that’s deep! That’s a stinging rebuke of the Romney campaign and it is interesting to note that Paul Ryan seems to be distancing himself from Mitt Romney — kinda.

Politico:  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. Ryan delivered his remarks in the style dictated by his Romney handlers: Stand behind the lectern, read the speech as written and don’t stray from the script.

Paul Ryan seems to have upset the Romney campaign by going off script at a townhall meeting at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and used a PowerPoint presentation to talk about the debt. Well, it seems that Mr. Campbell Brown, Dan Senor, couldn’t control him, to which Ryan reportedly said:  “Let Ryan be Ryan and let the Stench be the Stench.” Um, one problem, Paul Ryan’s political career may be over if Mitt Romney doesn’t win the presidential election because no-one will ever see past the “rolling calamity” he was a part of. I thought John McCain’s campaign was a hot mess, but we now realize why Mitt Romney has been running for elected office for so long. From the looks of things, when a candidate is saying that the polls, many of which have usually been right for years, are wrong, that pretty much means he or she knows the end of the road is near.

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