Mitt Romney Can't Escape Seamus the Irish Setter

I hate to break it to Mitt, but the 'dog on the roof' is the political gift that keeps on giving!

If you thought all the laughs were gone from the 2012 presidential campaign now that we're down to President Barack Obama vs. former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, think again. Yes, everyone is concerned about jobs and the economy, but there is another story that just won't go away -- the one about a boy and his dog.

Yes, Seamus the Irish Setter (of blessed memory) who famously endured a 12-hour vacation road trip in a crate strapped to the roof of the Romney family car originally seemed like a slightly embarrassing blip on the political radar for the Romney campaign. But this kind of story is just too good to let go, and some have decided they are totally going to profit from it!

In just a few weeks, you can relax on the beach or on your own summer family road trip with the new book,  Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and Mutt. Penned by some comedy writers, this quick read (64 pages) is described at Amazon.com as, "... [T]he completely true—and only mildly embellished— shaggy-dog story of Seamus Romney, the famously fetching Irish setter whose master, future presidential candidate Mitt Romney, plopped him atop the family station wagon for that infamous 1983 car trip. From the majesty of Mount Rushmore to the fabulousness of San Francisco, from the sacred temple of Salt Lake City to the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C., here at last is Seamus’s rooftop account of that headline-grabbing journey ... unleashed."

OUCH! Romney can't win with these authors who are hoping that the close to 55,000  fans of the Dogs Against Romney Facebook page, and others, will pay the discounted $10 price for a political year chuckle. But other comedy writers see an opportunity, as well. And what says Irish drinking song better than a tale of an Irish Setter who had no say in how he travelled with his owners? Yes, it's a little bit "R" rated for language, but a singing setter with a cap? I'm not sure the GOP contender can get past this one!

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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