Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mitt Romney: The Jury's In

I am an admitted cat lover, but it doesn't mean I don't like dogs. Though I'm no expert, I do know I would never, ever, under any circumstances put a dog in a crate, strap the crate to the top of my car, and set out on a 12-hour drive. I think anybody who would do that is a self-centered jackass. Well, guess what? The jury's in! Mitt Romney is a self-centered jackass:
The white Chevy station wagon with the wood paneling was overstuffed with suitcases, supplies, and sons when Mitt Romney climbed behind the wheel to begin the annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario. ... Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog. ...
Windshield, whoopee doo! Wait, there's more!
As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window.
Yup. Poor dog sh*t himself. Dogs don't do that unless they are terrified or have a need to go beyond urgent.

No matter how you look at it, that was simply cruel.


Spokane Al said...

Actually this occurred in 1983. The dog was a very large Irish Setter and had previously enjoyed traveling in this manner. The Romney's stopped at a gas station, washed the dog, the carrier and the car down and continued their trip.

I often see dogs loose in the back of pickups in our fair city. If that truck had to make an emergency stop the dog would be jettisoned.

And cats - they are just let loose to roam free to crap in neighbors gardens until the coyotes or a dog or raccoon gets them. That is okay?

That seems substantially worse than the Romney family dog story.

Of course the other issue is how long must one live with less than brilliant events from decades earlier. I can think of a number of examples of my own personal life that I am not particularly proud of and have hopefully learned from.

Keep smiling!

Spokane Al said...

The other part of the story, and this was a mistake on the part of Romney was that several hours of driving had passed when this occurred. So I don't think it was an issue of the dog being scared - he just had to go and could no longer hold it.

Romney was trying to make a long drive with a wife, five boys, a bunch of stuff and a large dog to a new job and a new home as quickly as possible. He should have stopped earlier and given the dog a potty break (and the boys one too) and this would not have happened.

Joyce said...

Well, the incident is being told now without any apparent regret on the part of Romney, so for me it's rather like Hillary Clinton being unable to admit to a mistake made in the past. I also do think people who let dogs travel free in the back of pick-up trucks are idiots. (Then again, they're not running for President, and a President needs to be a good decision maker. Let's not discuss the current "decider.") I'm also not in favor of people letting their cats run wild for a multitude of reasons, among them those you cite above. My cats don't go outside.

He was driving a huge car and it's not like he's not got a huge stash of money. Why not rent a trailer and tow that with the luggage and let the dog ride in the car with the family? In short, it's not like he didn't have other options much more palatable than putting the dog in the position of having to crap all over itself.

Mitt Romney simply gives me the creeps. But if you like him, you can vote for him. But I doubt he'll get the's looking good for Fred Thompson right now. ;-)

Joyce said...

But of course we both know I would've never voted for him anyway. ;-)

(Well...never say never, but very probably not.)