Mitt Romney is an idiot

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Thanks to Chris for pointing out this puff piece on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In it, it describes Romney packing up the family for a summer trip:

Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family’s hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack. He’d built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

I echo Chris’ sentiment of “WTF?”  Who the heck puts their dog on the roof of their car?  And we’re supposed to be all “Wow, he’s so caring about his dog!” when he builds a windshield for the carrier?

Here’s some news for Romney: dude, your dog isn’t a piece of luggage.  If the family were to get into a car accident, the dog wouldn’t stand a chance.  At least inside the car he has the protection of the vehicle’s frame.  What if the carrier came loose and fell off the car?  Again, the dog has no chance.

This is just another example of “animals as property” that so pervades our lives.  To Romney, the family dog isn’t worth space in the car.  Having him dangerously perched on the roof as they fly down the roads at 65mph is a risk that’s reasonable to him.  Would he consider that same risk with his kids?  Of course not.

Want another example of how Seamus gets treated as property?  OK.

A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

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.

Animals rarely get much respect from the oval office.  Sure, President Bush’s dog Barney gets a nicer home page than most people have, but he’s also used to create stupid White House promotional videos.  Then, of course, there’s the debacle that is the presidential turkey pardon at Thanksgiving.  But if Romney were to become president, Seamus would be the worst-treated First Dog since Warren G. Harding’s lab named Seat Cushion.  (That last sentence was said in a manner imitating Jon Stewart.  Imagine me looking coyly at the camera.)

How you treat animals is usually a good indicator of how you treat people.  Perhaps we should keep that in mind when looking at presidential candidates.

15 Responses to “Mitt Romney is an idiot”

  1. COD

    Actually, I think that incident was way back. I doubt Seamus is still alive. There is an interesting discussion in the comments at http://www.janegalt.net/archives/009869.html

  2. ryan

    Well, replace “Seamus” with the name of their current dog (if they have one).

    The comments on that blog give me a headache. The fact anyone can rationally defend putting a dog on the roof of a car blows my mind.

  3. Silence Dogood

    Even for those who would be OK with strapping their dog to the top of the car the “funny” story takes an even more twisted turn when you his “emotion free crisis management” includes hosing off a dog that is going to cotinue to be on the top of the roof at 60-70-80 miles an hour? I am surprised the poor pooch didn’t turn into a pop-sicle upon car rides end.

  4. Last Man Thinking

    I couldn’t believe this story when I first read it, but then on reflection, it fits with the rest of his persona. As people across teh country get to know him, the only question will be, how on earth could the voters of Mass. have fell for his line? For even more about him, see “Mitt Romney, Meet Sun Myung Moon” at http://www.whatmatters2us.blogspot.com
    Maybe he should be strapped to the roof of his campaign jet and see how he likes the ride. I’ll bet there would be plenty of volunteers to wash him down with a fire hose at the end of his ride.

  5. bazu

    Grrr- the thought of a big ol’ irish setter on a luggage rack scares me and makes me sad. The thought of the turkey pardon at thanksgiving makes me mad. What a bad world we live in…

  6. Garth

    Dude. I don’t know what kind of people you’ve met in your life to say: This is just another example of “animals as property” that so pervades our lives.

    I mean I know some folks who think of their pets as property but I’d like to think everyone I know has the decency to recognize it’s still a living, breathing creature and probably wouldn’t want to be tied to the roof rack.

    Honestly, this doesn’t surprise me all too much. I always kind of thought Mitt Romney looked like a douchebag… this just confirms my suspicion.

  7. Shananigans

    OMG, that’s just sick! Is that even legal? It shouldn’t be.

  8. Irishman NJ

    It appears that Romney is a cruel prick….what an idiot, had’nt he heard of kenneling.

    To hell we do not need any more ivy league idiot presidents from either side.

    Give me a regular common sense non idealogical guy or lady.

    No ivy league, win at any cost prick is getting my vote.

  9. Hannah

    A dog is a dog, not a person. get over it. It doesn’t mean he is a bad leader.

  10. ryan

    Hannah — I’d say it’s a good indicator of what type of leader he’d be because it shows what type of person he is. If we paid a little bit more attention to things like this, perhaps we wouldn’t be electing people like those in the current administration.

  11. Christmas Shown

    I hope somebody alerts the Humane Society and the ASPCA about his behavior. This is an individual whom is entertained by his inhumane behavior… sick!

  12. Earl

    Hi, My name is Earl and I strap my wife to the top of the SUV on sunny days so she can enjoy the air. She really enjoys the view.
    By the way, I’m running for President and I have some great ideas for Social Security.
    That was just a joke, she really doesn’t enjoy the view, heck she can’t see. he hehe he hehe he.

  13. Ron

    Look, it wasn’t actually Mitt who strapped the dog to roof of the Mormon Mobile and dashed off at 70 MPH (the Utah maximum speed limit, which is what Mormons observe everywhere); it was the butler who strapped the dog to the roof of the Mormon Mobile.

    Now, as far as people saying that the American people want a president who “…looks like the guy who works with them , not the guy who laid them off”, (this being a case where the term “laid” is NOT GOOD), well I think Mitt is proving them wrong. YEAH, YOU GO, MITT! YOU TAKE OFF THOSE $1000 CUFFLINKS, ROLL UP THOSE FRENCH CUFFS, AND SHOW AMERICA YOU’RE JUST A REGULAR GUY!!!

  14. Jay

    He is a complete egotistic idiot. No body wants to deal with another GW Bush.

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