Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mitt Romney loses the PETA and SPCA voting blocks.

And hopefully, anyone else who cares about basic humanity in a presidential candidate. Here’s a story from Taylor Marsh, which includes numerous links to other places, about the time that Good Ol’ Mitt strapped the family Irish Setter to the top of the car (in an animal carrier, apparently) and took off on a trip with the rest of the family. The family apparently drove around for some time like this.

"Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog."

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of te wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

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.

How lovely. Family values, and all that. Yeah, this was apparently some time ago, but I don’t think that values really change much, after an adult becomes an adult. Tie this in with Romney’s ever-changing stances on pretty much every question he is asked in order to gain the extreme right-wing of the Republican party and his apparent desire to double the size of our offshore detention/torture facility in Cuba where no one incarcerated has any hope of actually talking to a lawyer, I would say that this person should not be put in charge of a drive in restaurant, much less the United States of America.

As Taylor eloquently says in regard to this story, “Yikes”.

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