What first started off as a bit of a joke is now turning into a persistent theme in the presidential race, as stories of how former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney treats man’s best friend continue to…um…dog him in the media.
The week started out with the Romney’s in the dog house with voters for defending tying their Irish Setter to the top of the car for road trips, and then attending a birthday fundraiser with a man who once barbequed a dog on a spit.
Now, there’s a new story out about Romney’s inability to play well with canines. “Romney pulled into the driveway, jumped out of the car and immediately ran over to [Bain Capital colleague Patrick]Grahamís Doberman pinscher, Samurai. Clad in a suit and tie, and eager to set a rollicking tone for the weekend, Romney grabbed Samuraiís favorite rubber ball from his mouth, led him racing down a sandy path to the beach and launched the ball into the water. ‘Well, the damn ball didnít float,’ Graham said. ‘And my dog Samurai, he dove into that ocean for hours, and heíd come out of the ocean just whimpering.’Ē
Now the talk has gone on too long, and Romney wants it muzzled. He told Fox News that the stories are popping up again because the Obama campaign is trying to divert people from the economic issues facing the country. “Itís been three and a half years. The blame game has gone on a long time, and thatís kind of wound down now because heís been there so long. Now he is trying to divert attention from the economy and it wonít work…The people of America are going to choose a president based on jobs, not dogs.”
But despite conservatives claiming anyone who talks dogs instead of the economy belongs in the pound, they are also busy trying to stir up a dog fight of their own, reminding voters that President Barack Obama once ate dog when he was a child in Indonesia.† That news spread quickly through the conservative media, culminating in “#obamadogrecipes.
And this is what passes for vital campaign issues now that we have hit endless campaign mode.† Let’s hope someone puts a leash on this news cycle very soon.
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