The conservative media is fighting back against the longstanding and damaging accusation against Mitt Romney that he mistreated his Irish Setter Seamus on a 1983 trip from Boston to Ontario Canada by strapping it to the car roof.
Jim Treacher posted a blog item in The Daily Caller on Tuesday that quoted an excerpt from President Barack Obama's memoir "Dreams From My Father." In the excerpt, Obama writes about eating dog meat while he lived with his stepfather in Indonesia. The excerpt:
"With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share."
Treacher quoted this portion of Obama's bestseller in response to the Dog Seamus story that has persisted as embarrassment to Romney's campaign since it was first reported by the Boston Globe in 2007. Digital Journal reports that "an unpleasant aspect of the Seamus story that Ann confirmed is that during the 1983 trip, the dog became sick and defecated over the windshield of the car. Romney, according to his wife, hosed the dog and the car, and the family continued the trip to Canada."
Digital Journal reports the Dog Seamus story inspired an online campaign group called "Dog Lovers Against Romney," but Romney's admirers have argued that the incident showed that he is a "pragmatic problem-solver willing to use unorthodox methods to get results." According to Huffington Post, "Dog Lovers Against Romney" has successfully kept the Seamus story in the news with help from Rick Santorum who was happy to bring it up. The story recently made headlines once again when Ann Romney naively suggested that despite once falling ill, the dog actually "loved" those trips in which he was strapped to the roof of the family's station wagon.
And now Treacher, in defense of Romney, writes in the conservative Daily Caller: "Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth. And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other."
Romney's campaign could not resist jumping at the opportunity to hit back at Obama. After Obama campaign chief David Axelrod, in January, tweeted a photo of Obama and the First Dog riding in the president's limousine with the caption "How loving owners transport their dogs," Romney campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom finally retweeted a comment: "In hindsight, a chilling photo."
But Business Insider argues there is a world of difference between a grown up man strapping his pet dog to the car roof on a 12 hr journey and a 10-year-old sampling a bit of local delicacy his stepfather offered him.
Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman, also questioned the appropriateness of taking a story from Obama's childhood seriously. He tweeted: "What's the next attack @EricFerhn and the RNC will surface on a 6-10 year old?"