Doggone Campaign

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I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that dogs think humans are nuts.

                                                                        John Steinbeck

Well, the burning issue of the day is that Obama admits in one of his autobiographies that as a child he ate dog.  Considering that he was living in a place where dog is often what is for supper, that is not surprising.  I bear him no ill will for this, although my dog Baby, our terrific terrapoo, may not be so forgiving, or Internet Hitler for that matter.


The Romney campaign launched this gem due to the fact that back in 1983 on a family trip, Romney had the family dog Seamus in a dog house secured to the top of his car for 12 hours.  All was well until Seamus decided to relieve himself on the front windshield to the vast amusement of the Romney boys.  This strikes me as a typical Dadism:  an attempt by a family man to solve a problem in logistics that sounded like a good idea at the time.  Of course, my dog Baby might well take a harsher view.

Scott Crider, who has founded an organization called Dogs Against Romney, has no problems with Obama’s dog chow:


[I]t seems desperate for the Romney campaign to bring up something that happened to Obama when he was 10 years old, not preparing his own meals, in a country where eating dog meat probably isn’t all that unusual as if it compares in any way to Romney, as a 36-year old adult, in America, making the conscious decision to strap his family pet to the roof of a car for a 12-hour drive, and leaving it up there even after it got sick. …


If President Obama had made the conscious decision to eat dog meat as a 36-year old adult, in America, claimed the dog liked being eaten, and still claimed he didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, the Romney campaign would have a point and my pack would be on the president like a pack of wild, well….dogs.  But that isn’t what happened.

I guess I should be outraged by the double standard, but considering that Mr. Crider blogs as a dog named Rusty, I will cut him some slack and suggest that he might consider upping the meds a wee bit.

This whole episode helps demonstrate that politics and silliness have always strolled hand in hand.  I rejoice that the country has no serious issues to confront and that we can waste time on this dogscapade.  Who is to blame for this?  Perhaps Denver?




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  1. Sorry for being silly, but I am not buying that some sort of double standard is being applied. Romney’s decision (as an adult) to travel with the family dog on the roof of the car — not just around the block, but cross-country — demonstrates exceedingly poor judgment. Obama’s consumption of a dog (as a child) does not demonstrate poor judgment. I agree with Scott Crider on this.

  2. Seamus was unharmed Spambot which indicates that Romney did a good job securing the dog into the dog house on top of the car. Now if he had just tied him to the bumper on the other hand:

  3. Still not seeing what’s inherently wrong about putting a dog on top of the vehicle; there are bad ways to do it, sure, but as long as there’s a way for the dog to get out of the wind, like in a pickup, not a problem. (Beats the heck out of stuffing them in a cargo-cage in the back of a car.) I remember seeing dog-cage-on-a-vehicle less than 15 years back, so it would be a pretty new sense of outrage about something that happened the year I was born. Yeah, trying to make political hay about something that caused no harm and that a middle-aged house wife barely predate is pretty silly– so the “dude, you ate dog!” response is perfect. (What next? “The boys weren’t in booster seats when they were under 13!”)

    Pretty sure they ran the dog when they ran the kids, too, and it’s been mentioned that the dog riding on top of the vehicle wasn’t that unusual, it only caused an issue because his…issue… was more liquid than usual. (Odd how they’re outraged about the assumption that the dog didn’t move for 12 hours, but not about a just as likely assumption that the KIDS didn’t move from their chairs for 12 hours, eh?)

    That said…. I LOVE the mental image of putting a Snoopy-style dog house on a station wagon.

  4. Would these be the dog days of the campaigns? I think they’re having a ruff time. I also hear some liberals are getting howling mad, and some conservatives think that Romney’s tactic is barking up the wrong tree.

    (k, is that all the low-hanging fruit? No? Doggone it….)

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