It’s been nearly five years since this website last mentioned the plight of “Seamus,” the Irish Setter who once belonged to the family of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Details are hazy, but during a 1983 family vacation to Canada “Seamus” apparently spent a considerable amount of time strapped to a dog house on the roof of the Romney “Family Truckster,” which traumatized him sufficiently so as to cause him to involuntarily relieve himself all over the roof and windows of the vehicle.
This week, an aide to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum revived “Seamus-gate” during a nationally-televised interview.
“I’m not sure I’m going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his dog to the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway,” the Santorum aide said.
Umm … don’t you mean “hurtling?”
Anyway, now there’s a process story from Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post about how the Seamus saga just won’t die (unlike the dog, who has long since moved on to that Family Truckster rooftop in the sky).
“Romney’s fate as a presidential candidate doesn’t hinge on Seamus,” Cillizza writes. “But, it would also be dumb to overlook the potential impact this story, which has received massive amounts of media attention throughout the campaign, might have.”
“The whole Seamus story can be used by his political opponents to paint (Romney) as cavalier and unconcerned about the well-being of others — from those in the 99 percent to, yes, even dogs,” Cillizza notes.
That’s true … and it’s worth noting at this point that Cillizza has been one mainstream media reporter who has consistently given Romney the benefit of the doubt. In other word’s he’s not part of the “vast left-wing anti-Romney media conspiracy.”
You know … as opposed to the “vast right-wing anti-Romney new media conspiracy,” of which this website is a card-carrying member.
Anyway, Romney clearly has serious problems relating to people … as the Seamus anecdote indicates.
And while that’s not a reason to vote for or against him (Calvin Coolidge was a horse’s ass – and yet perhaps the most consistent limited government president this country has ever had), it’s another chink in that whole “electability” argument.