Seamus, the Romney family dog who was strapped to the roof of the Romney's station wagon for 12-hour drive up to Canada. Yes, you read that right: Mitt Romney placed the family dog in a car carrier and strapped him onto the roof of his car. For twelve hours. On the highway. You'll forgive the dog for having dirtied the windows of the car with a bout of diarrhea. Wouldn't you be scared if you were put all alone into a box strapped atop a car going 60 or 70 miles per hour?
Now that Democrats have made brought this up in the campaign, I'm curious to see how the Republican establishment will defend Romney's decision. Maybe they'll accuse Democrats of being Communists for raising questions about Romney's treatment of his dog. Or perhaps they'll fall back on Freedom with a capital "F" and defend the Tenth Amendment right to carry your dog wherever you damn well please. But one thing I'm sure of: They won't defend Romney's judgment. Because on this, there really is no defense.
Last edited by NM 156; 01-11-2012 at 06:23 AM..
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
- Patrick Henry
is there something to debate here or are we just getting to watch the democrat smear campaign in action?
What about the false racism claims against Ron Paul?... Then smear campaigns are Ok with the neocons... We're talking about character judgement... If Mitt Romney will strap his dog to the roof of his car for 12 hours... What kind of leader is he?...
The reporter intended the anecdote that opened part four of the Boston Globe's profile of Mitt Romney to illustrate, as the story said, "emotion-free crisis management": Father deals with minor — but gross — incident during a 1983 family vacation, and saves the day. But the details of the event are more than unseemly — they may, in fact, be illegal.
The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus's rather visceral protest.
Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon." An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying "it's definitely something I'd want to check out."
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