Paul Ryan learned the hard way when he posed as a soup kitchen pot scrubber in Youngstown the past week end. It was so...um... humanizing for a vice presidential candidate to take time out from his busy schedule to don an apron in the dining hall of St. Vincent de Paul to wash some pots whether they needed it or not.
It was clearly a political act that backfired on any ideas that Ryan might have had about showing his affinity with the day jobs of ordinary folks.
From the Youngstown Vindicator, we are told of the backlash from the intrusion into the lives of kitchen crews:
"The president of Mahoning County's St. Vincent de Paul Society is 'shocked' and 'angry' that Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a 'publicity stunt.'
"Bryan J. Antal, who runs the society said the campaign 'ramrodded themselves in there without getting proper permission for the visit."The dining hall's coordinator, Juanita Sherba, said she had agreed at first to the visit, but now realizes it was a "mistake".
Shucks, the Ryan people said, the candidate simply wanted to call attention to the "Meaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent de Paul Society makes to people in need."
And I might add, will have to do so with still greater effort if the brutal Ryan budget ever settles into our simple workaday lives..