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Did the Romney Family Dog Flee to Canada?
Slate ^ | 2/16/2012 | Katy Waldman

Posted on 02/22/2012 6:50:35 AM PST by RoosterRedux

Paging Gail Collins: the shameful tale of Seamus, Mitt Romney’s Irish setter—whom the candidate stuck in a crate and strapped to the roof of his car on a 12 hour ride to Canada—may have ended with a stroke of poetic justice. According to a piece on Politicker yesterday, Romney’s sons told reporters in an off-record conversation that the dog ran away when the family got to Ontario. Such a revelation, if true, gives the lie to Romney’s now nearly five-year-old claim that Seamus liked riding on top of the station wagon. (“He scrambled up there every time we went on trips,” the governor insisted. “He got it all by himself and enjoyed it.” To which we say: That is either one small station wagon or one very athletic dog).

Others have already disputed the idea that Seamus appreciated his wind-blown tours atop the family car. The 2007 Globe story describing the 1983 event recounted how Romney’s son at one point saw “a brown liquid … dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.” That Seamus suffered from diarrhea during the trip was taken as evidence that he and his owner disagreed about the wisdom of the travel arrangement. Earlier this week, an anti-Romney protest was held outside the Westminster dog show. And, in a Dan Savage-like move, Google users recently conspired to transform Romney’s name into a verb meaning “to defecate in fear.”

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americans4seamus; seamusvsromney

1 posted on 02/22/2012 6:50:43 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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2 posted on 02/22/2012 6:55:46 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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Mittens ‘sparky’ Griswold Romney with Seamus in the ole family truckster


3 posted on 02/22/2012 6:59:01 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: RoosterRedux
As much as I dislike Romney, I dislike the media dredging up this 30 year old story to try and score some political points even more. Heck, 30 years ago my father hauled the family dogs (and kids) around in the open bed of a pickup truck with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Not a soul cared, most were doing the same.

However, he wouldn't even consider doing that today, and would probably be arrested if he did, because times and attitudes have changed. The point is, it's stupid to try to hold individuals to modern standards for something that happened decades ago.

4 posted on 02/22/2012 7:02:13 AM PST by apillar
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5 posted on 02/22/2012 7:05:16 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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6 posted on 02/22/2012 7:07:05 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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7 posted on 02/22/2012 7:08:05 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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8 posted on 02/22/2012 7:10:25 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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it does not show up....here I will make it smaller and try


9 posted on 02/22/2012 7:10:49 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: apillar
Same here about the pickup truck.

But Romney strapped the dog on the roof for a 12 hour trip. That's a little different.

10 posted on 02/22/2012 7:21:50 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Even without the ride on top of the car, the fact that the dog ran away is quite telling in itself.

My dogs know where they’re loved and won’t leave my side.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 7:26:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vaquero

Thx!


12 posted on 02/22/2012 7:28:13 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: apillar

I agree with you in one way. Our attitudes were much different 60 years ago when my parents, including my over-protective daddy, thought it was fine for our uncle to drive 4 or 5 children to Oklahoma in the back of a pickup.

And dogs rode in the back of pickups also with nothing to hold them safely in.

But even then, I never heard of or saw anybody doing this. It still seems cruel and thoughtless to me no matter the times.

It’s what I think of when I think of Romney.


13 posted on 02/22/2012 7:29:34 AM PST by altura
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To: cripplecreek
Yep.

A man who loves his animals would NEVER strap his dog to the roof of his car and certainly not for a 12 hour trip.

14 posted on 02/22/2012 7:30:32 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: altura
Here's what I think of when I think of Romney...


15 posted on 02/22/2012 7:36:29 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: apillar

Going down the road a spell, is way different than an open kennel strapped to the top of a car for twelve hours.
I saw an interview with Romney from just a few years ago and when asked he laughed said it was no big deal.
Romney is not only scum but clueless.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 7:37:07 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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Yeah, this wasn’t that long ago. I actually remember 1983. I remember my dog. Strapping him to the roof of our car, even for a short trip... Uh, uh.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 7:44:38 AM PST by altura
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To: svcw
From Fox...
Was the dog distressed? Was it illegal under Massachusetts law as cruelty? There is some evidence that both are true. During the trip, the Boston Globe reported, Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, looked around through the rear window and yelled,
“Dad — gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the back window — diarrhea from an animal that just might have been caused by the stress of being inside a cage for 12 hours on top of a car going 60 mph.
And what did Romney do, even after knowing of the dog's diarrhea? Did he realize that perhaps Seamus should be shown some mercy, cleaned up and allowed in the car, to sleep on someone’s lap? No.

Here’s how the Globe described what Romney then did:

“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.”
Emotion-free crisis management??!

I love animals, especially dogs. I don’t like people who are cruel to animals. I am told it is illegal in Massachusetts to put an animal on a car roof while driving. Had I been the local sheriff, I would have arrested him.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 7:46:05 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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In an “off the record conversation”. Reporters are dishonorable slobs.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 7:49:57 AM PST by DManA
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To: RoosterRedux
then there was that time that Romney was a train conductor in India...

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20 posted on 02/22/2012 7:54:46 AM PST by Sax
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To: RoosterRedux
Looked out the front window one day last week and a guy went down the road with his dog sitting on his truck flat bed, man was driving about 45 miles an hour. Dog looked happy as hell. I laughed and said the Peta crowd would really piss and moan if they saw that. Any of you clowns know why a dog has a fur coat.
21 posted on 02/22/2012 7:57:25 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I have thought about Romney and what it is that bugs me beyond his liberalism and it is this: (you mention emotion free, I think it goes past management. I do not think he has emotion at all, it is as though he get external cues on how to express emotion, there is nothing inside him)
affect
vb (mainly tr)
1. to put on an appearance or show of; make a pretence of to affect ignorance
2. to adopt the character, manner, etc., of those around them


22 posted on 02/22/2012 8:00:19 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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The man is completely and utterly fake. Its a good thing the media has his back and managed to hide this disastrous speech he gave a few days ago.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2848349/posts

He gives a speech professing his great love of his home state and comes off sounding as if he’s never been here before.


23 posted on 02/22/2012 8:05:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: org.whodat

But...but...but...dogs are supposed to be terrified riding in/on a car. Haven’t you noticed, when the dog is in the the car and you roll down the window the dog runs terrified to the opposite side of the car.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 8:08:28 AM PST by ladyjane
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I am still trying to figure out how the gray hound racing dogs, hauled from track to track in those little aluminum trailers make it. Oh, wait, Peta is against dog racing as well.
25 posted on 02/22/2012 8:15:55 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: apillar

Like abortion?


26 posted on 02/22/2012 8:19:45 AM PST by onedoug
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To: RoosterRedux

“There he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway.”

Great, so for the rest of the trip, not only was the poor dog scared and battered by the wind, but now he was soaked to boot.


27 posted on 02/22/2012 8:25:41 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: RoosterRedux
Payback's a bitch!


28 posted on 02/22/2012 8:27:30 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: svcw

You’re analysis of Mitt is right on! Oddly enough, he completely mirrors Obama in these strange qualities.


29 posted on 02/22/2012 8:36:15 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: svcw
I have thought about Romney and what it is that bugs me beyond his liberalism and it is this: (you mention emotion free, I think it goes past management. I do not think he has emotion at all, it is as though he get external cues on how to express emotion, there is nothing inside him)

He's the "Stepford candidate," totally plastic and fake.

30 posted on 02/22/2012 8:55:22 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: RoosterRedux

In other news, Iran is developing an atomic bomb.


31 posted on 02/22/2012 9:50:56 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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Ran to Canada three decades ago?
Was the dog named “Dodger”?


32 posted on 02/22/2012 10:31:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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33 posted on 02/22/2012 10:36:19 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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ROFL! You got me again!


34 posted on 02/22/2012 10:41:19 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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been a good day :)


35 posted on 02/22/2012 12:45:58 PM PST by Sax
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Indeed. And we just closed the FReepathon, over the top!


36 posted on 02/22/2012 12:51:40 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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