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article imageOp-Ed: Romney continues to be dogged by Seamus story

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Apr 17, 2012 in Politics
It's the story that just will not lie down and play dead. It's the oft-told story of how Mitt Romney strapped a dog carrier with his family's beloved Irish Setter, Seamus, to the top of the station wagon in 1983 and drove to Canada.
Mitt and Ann Romney both laughed uncomfortably when Diane Sawyer brought up the story in her exclusive interview with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his wife.
Mitt Romney told Sawyer that the Seamus attacks were the most wounding of the campaign “so far,” but Anne Romney insisted the dog loved traveling that way and looked forward to trips.
“The dog loved it,” Ann Romney said. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”
They did what they did because those were obviously the only two choices available! Put the luggage in the car, strap the dog to the top of the car and drive until it soils itself and then leave your family inside the soiled station wagon while you pull over to a service station, hose down the dog, hose down the carrier, hose down the car and drive off again keeping to Mitt's strict, strict, uncaring schedule. Or the kennel, where Seamus would have likely have been treated with love and kindness and compassion and would have been able to go poo outside like doggies are supposed to and he would have been able to play with other dogs to boot.
One choice that is not mentioned? Leave Seamus home and let the household staff take care of him.
But Mitt thought it was kinder to put the dog in an "airtight carrier" (if it was air tight, how did the dog breathe?) and speed down the road at 65-70 miles an hour letting this poor doggie "enjoy" the wind and the bugs hitting him at 70 mph until his bowels finally just gave out on him.
“Once, he — we traveled all the time — and he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney said, laughing as she explained how the dog got diarrhea.
In a 2007 blog written during Romney’s first campaign for the presidency, Ann Romney said the dog rode “in an enclosed kennel, not in the open air” and compared the experience with a person riding on a motorcycle or roller coaster. This begs two questions.
A. Why did you leave turkey on the counter unattended where the dog could get it?
B. How many dogs have you seen on a roller coaster?
Now, no doubt, conservatives will come rushing to Mitt's rescue as they did when we mentioned the incident yesterday. They will come up with all sorts of excuses why the dog loved riding in the carrier, why the dog defecated all over the car, why Mitt didn't even let his family out of the car when he was forced to pull over and hose down the dog, the carrier, the car (who wants to drive a crap-covered car?), and they will explain that this is all just the driven, success-oriented, goal-directed Mitt being Mitt.
Tell that to Seamus, who turned into a happy wanderer when the family got back from the vacation. (Two of Romney's sons said in earlier interviews that the dog took off, never to be seen again, once they got to Canada. But apparently the dog went home with the Romneys, presumably on top of the station wagon again (and a cork in its butt?) and they had to give him away to Romney's sister in California because the last thing Seamus wanted to do after this adventure was hang around with this group and he would escape at every opportunity.
Wouldn't you?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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