Paul Ryan: Equates Smell of Manure With Success

Too funny: In Montrose, Colorado today:

Today, four days before the election, Paul Ryan told a crowd assembled on an airport tarmac that he could "smell success." And the crowd roared.

The smell, in fact, was that of cow manure, or something that smelled an awful lot like it. The tarmac is nestled in the mountains here, and as it became more and more overpowering, and as Ryan was more and more intently describing his running mate's business credentials, the VP contender paused, took a deep whiff and said, "I can smell success right now.

"That's the smell of success isn't it? That's the smell of progress. I love that smell, it makes me feel at home," Ryan said.

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    Jeralyn, your post headline made me (none / 0) (#1)
    by Anne on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:51:24 PM EST
    laugh out loud; if this is what success smells like, what do you suppose defeat on Tuesday will smell like?

    Sure hope he likes it, cause that stink - I mean, fragrance - is going to be with him for a nice, long time.

    My husband (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:03:08 PM EST
    pointed out today that Ryan seesm to be in hiding and this is the first mention of him I have heard in quite a while.

    Indeed. I think he has been shuttling around (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:43:12 AM EST
    revving up the base. I don't think they want him anywhere near an undecided voter.

    To be fair, I grew up near his home too (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:44:21 PM EST
    And that smell of cow manure does smell like home! My mom was a city girl who got displaced, and always wondered what the big deal was about "fresh country air" because it always smelled like manure.

    Growing up in Iowa... (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 11:04:45 PM EST
    I always heard it was the smell of money.

    Although, with today's huge corporate factory farms, that smell is a bit much!


    It is the smell that, when I was a kid, (none / 0) (#5)
    by caseyOR on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 12:22:30 AM EST
    signaled that we were in the neighborhood of my grandparents' farm. And that meant lots and lots of fun for me.

    Yes, it is not quite the same as the little corn (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:41:48 AM EST
    and soybean fields near where I grew up.

    Reminds me of county fairs (none / 0) (#8)
    by fishcamp on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:25:52 AM EST
    and the Pendleton Roundup we used to go to as kids growing up in Oregon.  Back then some people in our neighborhood had cows and chickens.  Mom used to trade apples and cherries from our trees for milk and eggs.

    not the same, but (none / 0) (#9)
    by ExcitableBoy on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:10:11 AM EST
    when I lived in the projects as a kid once a week they would burn the garbage in the incinerators (we would run around trying to catch the 'black snow' on our tongues, but that's another disgusting story). Luckily that's not allowed anymore, but for years afterward the smell of burning garbage would trigger fond memories.

    Towanda..or whomever - question (none / 0) (#10)
    by DFLer on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 10:13:41 AM EST
    Can a voter in WI vote for Ryan in both races, ei. for Vice-President and Congressman?