Did Paul Ryan âborrowâ story about his daughter from Kurt Cobain?
Reddit community member robcross1977 noted something odd about Paul Ryanâs story last night about how he became pro-life.
Hereâs Paul Ryan during last nightâs debate on how he became pro-life, and how his daughter got the nickname âBeanâ:
You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born, for our seven week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, âBean.â Now I believe that life begins at conception.
And hereâs Kurt Cobainâs and Courtney Loveâs daughter Frances Bean Cobain on how she got the name âBeanâ twenty years ago:
Frances Bean Cobain was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and was immediately anointed the worldâs newest rock princess. Her parents were two of the biggest rock stars on the planet and her godfather is R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe. Kurt Cobain named his daughter after Frances McKee, the guitarist for The Vaselines, and gave her the middle named Bean because he thought she resembled a kidney bean on the ultrasound. Unfortunately, Frances never really got to know her father; he shot himself to death when she was just 20 months old.
Ryan is reportedly a Nirvana fan, the band that Kurt Cobain started and starred in. Weâre to believe this is just a coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe Paul Ryan plagiarized the story about his daughter?
Whatâs more likely is that Ryan named his daughter Bean because Cobain named his daughter Bean. But that wouldnât have made a very good right-wingy story, for Ryan to explain that he named his kid after a grunge rock star who killed himself. Or even to say that the name was inspired by Cobain. So, better to borrow Cobainâs story and not even mention it.
Keep in mind that while itâs entirely possible that Paul Ryan had his âBeanâ experience without knowing of Cobainâs, Ryan has a history of making up personal stories to embellish his image. There was the time he claimed he climbed 40 of the Rocky Mountains. Or the time he claimed to have run a marathon under three minutes. From an interview Paul Ryan did with conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt:
Yeah, fast is one way of putting it.
And who can forget Ryanâs claim to have 6% body fat. When you consider the source, itâs a valid question to ask.
So, even Paul Ryanâs most intimate part of the debate, talking about his Catholicism and abortion beliefs, might be phony.
PS Not to mention, so was Paul Ryan pro-choice before he âsawâ his daughter as a bean?