Sunday, July 01, 2007

Romney's strap-on

Leftish blogs were all agog recently over an article about presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the Boston Globe.


Mitt Romney

According to the article, back in 1983 Romney packed his extensive brood into the family station wagon for a road trip to a cottage by Lake Huron. Among the things he strapped to the car's rooftop luggage rack was... wait for it... the family dog. I kid you not.

Now, of course, the dog wasn't just spreadeagled across the roof or something, he was in a carrier. And Romney apparently made some sort of windshield thing for the dog's little cage "to make the ride more comfortable for the dog." So it wasn't as bad as it could have been. But still, that's just a freakin' weird thing to do. I mean, I find the way a lot of Americans sentimentalize their pets to be amusing and/or disgusting -- I know the difference between pets and children -- but even I wouldn't do that. Because I also know the difference between pets and luggage. (Hint to Romney: pets go inside the car.)

But as Bob Harris points out, just as weird as strapping a dog onto the car roof in the first place is the fact that this story came from inside the Romney camp. Apparently, the story was supposed to be an early example of Romney's "emotion-free crisis management," because Romney made an unscheduled stop to hose down the car when the dog shat all over it (in terror?). Big woof. Quoting Harris,

Yes, but which emotionless imbecile created the crisis to begin with, displayed no remorse in the aftermath, and is still enough of a lunatic that his own campaign considers it something to boast about to the press?

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