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The Curious Incident of Mitt’s Dog on the Roof of His Car

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Here’s an example from October 19, 2011, in Collins’ column entitled “Mitt and Begonia-gate“:

“And the idea that you stand here before us and talk about — that you’re strong on immigration is, on its face, the height of hypocrisy,” Perry declaimed.

I found this very exciting because it brings us closer to the moment when one of Romney’s competitors will point out that he once drove to Canada with the family dog strapped on the roof of the car.

And then Romney will say: “Hey, he was in a crate!” Or: “He liked the fresh air!” It’ll be too late. Everybody else will whip out pictures of their pets and stories about how the cat rides in her own special chair in the back seat, or how the family deferred a trip to Aruba because the whippet was sick.

The moment has indeed come, with Gingrich’s “For the Dogs” video. Appropriately enough, the video ends with the rival candidate singing “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

“Our definition of must-see TV,” says the Los Angeles Times. For myself, I’m cringing at the thought, but not as much as I did when I heard about Romney tying his dog to the roof of his car and driving from Massachusetts to Canada. As Collins says in her latest column, Gingrich’s video “basically asks whether America will elect a president who once drove to Canada with the family dog strapped to the roof of the car. Which is, of course, an excellent question.”

Is it too much to ask, Mitt, what were you thinking?


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10:53PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Okay - you just lost this animal lover!Re Mitt Romney's dog: You've just left the animal welfare arena, and jumped into politics! The welfare of an animal is of supreme importance - tossing a political dig, or opinion is NOT! I'm outta here! And won't have kind things to say about, and/or referrals to other animal lovers about this site!

8:41AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:03PM PDT on May 19, 2013


4:32AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

There have been many times I would have preferred riding on the roof of a car than being a passenger in one. At least they didn't have their dog for supper.

4:32AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

There have been many times I would have preferred riding on the roof of a car than being a passenger in one. At least they didn't have their dog for supper.

2:07AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

“The major defining feature of the Obama administration on this issue is the eagerness with which it embraced the stunning evisceration of civil rights and liberties that was a hallmark of the Bush administration, and then deepened those outrageous programs,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, who is an attorney representing many Occupy protesters swept up in last fall’s mass arrests. “He has successfully counted on the acquiescent silence of the liberals.”

1:29AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

cont: Obama is a fine choice if you don't mind endless war, or an invasive government that uses terrorism as an excuse to trample all over our rights. Even if we don't have time to organize, we can at least vote on alternatives. They are on the ballot, and the main reason they are not "viable" is because people like you keep saying it. Though I agree we need to get out there and make 3rd parties more viable, or at least take back the Democratic Party from people like Obama. We don't need more mediocre leaders who simply support the status quo, while incrementally eroding what democracy we have left.

As far as being "armchair quarterbacks", you have a point, but it would help if the Obama administration didn't operate under a massive veil of secrecy. Just like with Bush, what does he have to hide?

1:24AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Lee W. Well it would be pretty hard to do worse than Obama's predecessor, and indeed Obama has made some accomplishments, eliminating the pre-existing medical restrictions on health insurance, and plenty of other things.

However, legalizing the execution or permanent detainment of US citizens without trial or evidence is very bad, and even if Obama doesn't abuse it himself, future presidents likely will. He also extending the Patriot Act, as sent us military forces to 75 or more countries, has law enforcement harassing and spying on various peaceful activist groups. He has been protecting officials who engaged in torture. He has military drone planes bombing civilian targets in several countries, and has added even more to the federal debt than Bush did. The "secret' war in Yemen. The list goes on and on.

8:12PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Heather, there are other options besides Ron Paul, Romney and Obama. Obama certainly lost any chance of my vote with his contempt for the Constitution, and for continuing so many of Bush's worst policies but there are 3rd party and independent candidates too. Jill Stein of the Green Party maybe. I'd even prefer Roseanne Barr to Obama or any of the GOP candidates.

Granted, I love Ron Paul's policy on ended the endless wars, but he's said some pretty questionable things about minorities and womens rights.

Of course Obama's probably will win, but it would be nice if some parties besides the Democrats and Republicans gained a little influence.

2:39PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Oh, wow, that this exploded after it came from GINGRICH -- the un-compassionate Pot calling the Kettle black!

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