Why Romney's 'dog on car roof' story makes him unfit to be president

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Why Romney's 'dog on car roof' story makes him unfit to be president
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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 1:49pm

Maybe he couldn't afford to leave the the dog at a kennel.

Even when I have workers in or around my house I take my dogs to doggy daycare.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/13/romneys-dog-on-car-roof-story-makes-him-unfit-to-be-president/

It might be unseemly to bring this up just as Mitt Romney celebrates his win in New Hampshire on Tuesday night and seems to be a strong front-runner for the GOP nomination. But the story of his putting his dog in a carrier on his car roof for a 12-hour family trip is spreading again on the Internet and disturbs me the more I learn about it.

And I am betting the more it gets out, the more votes Romney loses — red, blue and purple.

When, in a campaign debate, Romney opposed allowing a non-documented worker who has lived here for 25 years to stay and earn his way to citizenship, he struck me as heartless.

But when I read the story recently in greater detail about what Romney did to his Irish Setter, Seamus, that struck me as more than heartless — it struck me as downright cruel.

In brief, as the Boston Globe first reported in 2007, in 1983, Mitt Romney, then 36 years old, drove his station wagon packed with five sons and his wife on a 12-hour trip from Boston to Ontario, where his parents had a cottage on Lake Huron.

He took a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack, built a special windshield, and put his dog Seamus into the carrier, where the dog remained for the 12-hour trip.

Was the dog distressed? Was it illegal under Massachusetts law as cruelty? There is some evidence that both are true.

During the trip, the Boston Globe reported, Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, looked around through the rear window and yelled, “Dad — gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the back window — diarrhea from an animal that just might have been caused by the stress of being inside a cage for 12 hours on top of a car going 60 mph.

And what did Romney do, even after knowing of the dog's diarrhea? Did he realize that perhaps Seamus should be shown some mercy, cleaned up and allowed in the car, to sleep on someone’s lap?

No.

Here’s how the Globe described what Romney then did:

“As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”

Emotion-free crisis management??!

I love animals, especially dogs. I don’t like people who are cruel to animals. I am told it is illegal in Massachusetts to put an animal on a car roof while driving. Had I been the local sheriff, I would have arrested him.

But I am a forgiving person. If today Romney, looking back, were to say, “You know, in retrospect, that was a cruel thing to do to our dog — I was young, it was a long time ago, I am sorry” — if he said that today, I’d forgive him.

But instead — Romney being Romney — he defaults into saying something utterly implausible. He recently told Fox's dog-loving Chris Wallace that Seamus actually loved it up there!

He then told Wallace that the dog was in an "air-tight container," not mentioning the diarrhea.

Air-tight container??!

This is the ultimate Purple Issue — it cuts across Republicans, Democrats, blue states, red states, liberals and conservatives.

There are more than 78 million Americans who own one or more dogs — about two out of every five households. A Google search of "Romney Dog on Car Roof" brought me 1,080,000 results.

I don’t know how many of these 78 million dog owners (and thus, dog lovers) have yet heard or read about Romney doing this horrible thing, much less making his disingenuous claim that Seamus loved the experience on top of a speeding car for 12 hours, while his bowels turned to water.

But I’m thinking if this story gets out and stays out, there will be tens of millions of Google hits by next October. And I am also thinking that Romney is going to lose a lot of dog-lover votes on this issue alone, regardless of party or ideology.

Here’s one dog lover’s opinion — mine:

I think anyone who puts his dog in a cage on top of a car for a 12-hour drive and then deludes himself or tries to delude others that the dog really enjoyed it — to me, with all due respect, I feel such a man shouldn’t be president of the United States.

 


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@ r3dx1 - from what I heard, Bo's breed was chosen because of allergy issues. Special breeds like that are very hard to find in shelters. But Bo isn't the subject here ... Romney's treatment of his own family pet is the point. I wonder what Cesar Milan would say about that?

As an aside, I'd be willing to bet that 90% of the dogs in the U.S. don't measure up to Mr Milan's standards. ;)

 nwtreehugger  

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"90% of the dogs in the U.S. don't measure up to Mr Milan's standards"

LOL Two live at my house..... Just ask the UPS & FEDX delivery services.

 


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And when Mitt's treatment of his dog was brought up it opened up the door for BO to be similarly scrutinized.

At least this year we may have to non-servers running so that won't be available for debate.
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Okay, this is an incredibly weak reach. Animal abuse versus choice of where to adopt an animal...

one is a matter of family preference and type of dog desired, the other is how whatever dog one adopts gets treated.

I'd not think it a huge deal in terms of politics *if* Romney came out and called himself a damn fool for what he did. Own it, learn from it, and denounce the action sa a bad decision. He won't do it, and as a result, I can't respect him.

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@r3dx1 ----" And when Mitt's treatment of his dog was brought up it opened up the door for BO to be similarly scrutinized."

So, please elaborate as to how the Obama's have abused Bo in any manner. Because that is what is being discussed, abuse of a family pet.

 nwtreehugger  

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Lets say I have a friend. Lets say my friend has a dog and a convertible. Lets say she takes a 12 hour trip with dog and roof down. Is this animal abuse? Is my friend abusing herself? If the ride is down Big Sur is that different than with kids to Canada? If the dog pooped and kids were in the car, is it kid abuse, animal abuse? If you hate Mitt, it's a story to help affirm your beliefs.

Can you help me find one reference when Obama refers to those killing Americans as the enemy? You see the only time I've heard Obama call anyone an enemy was in reference to Republicans. This is a reason I'm having trouble with him. Though I may have a similar anti-Obama predisposition to match those who have anti-Romney predispositions.
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Can't get more petty than that. Oh, and wasn't Romney himself the one who told the story about putting his dog on the roof of a car? What a dumbass.
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Well, it looks like he rescued the poor puppy from a bad situation.