This link leads to a very telling story about Republican creep Mitt Romney. Seems that:
In June 2007 the Boston Globe reported that in 1983, current Republican presidential hopeful (and former Massachusetts governor) Mitt Romney had placed his Irish setter in a dog carrier on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour trip to his parents' cottage on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron. He'd built a windshield for the carrier to make the ride more comfortable for the dog. He'd also made it clear to his five sons that bathroom breaks would be taken only during predetermined stops to gas up the car.The story points seems to indicate these two things:
The dog spoiled this plan by letting loose with a bout of diarrhea during its rooftop sojourn, necessitating an unplanned gas station visit for the purpose of hosing down the pooch, its carrier, and the back of the car.
In that Boston Globe article, the incident was pointed to as an example of Romney's emotion-free crisis management style. Others viewed it differently, regarding the mode of canine transport the dog was subjected to as unnecessarily callous and cruel.
Romney dismisses such critics by saying "They're not happy that my dog loves fresh air."
A.) Mitt Romney is as dumb as paste. Who would think that any of this sounds like a good idea? I'm sure that the boys didn't think too much of this plan, and the "my dog loves fresh air" line is about as insensitive, pathetic and mealy a quote as we're likely to hear this election year. That sounds like it came straight out of our insufferable Dubya's mouth, doesn't it?
B) Mitt Romney can be cruel and self-serving. Anyone who has been around dogs knows that they often have explosive diarrhea episodes when they're TERRIFIED. This creep essentially tortured his family's dog for twelve hours and thinks that anyone who has taken issue with it just doesn't know dogs the way that he does. Must be because he's such a rugged outdoorsman and all. What a pampered prick.
This kind of abuse is illegal too, so I think it's a little odd that anyone would try to spin this in his favor. As far as the Globe's claim that this anecdote shows anything of his leadership qualities? I think that this may be the single most pathetic story ever invoked to that end, and if I personally ever have to stretch that far to compliment somebody I think that I'd just as soon slap them and keep my all important street cred.
Who on earth wants to elect Clark Griswold president anyway?
More on Mitt on Automatic Daddy here