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Thursday, March 08, 2012
 
Or is it politically incorrect to point that out?

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but Mitt Romney once drove to Canada with the family Irish setter on the roof of the car.
 Sounds quite perilous for the family pooch, until you read further:
The story took place in 1983, when the Romney family made a 12-hour pilgrimage from Boston to a vacation home in Canada. Romney, his wife, Ann, and five sons were in the station wagon. Seamus was in a crate, or kennel, on the roof.
So his crate was tied down to a luggage rack.  It's a nothing-burger of a story, trumpeted to make it look like Romney's cruel to animals.  But Collins just goes on and on about it:
You could argue that the Seamus story puts Romney in a more human context. This is not just a quarter-billionaire with approximately the same gift for the common touch as Scrooge McDuck. This is a real person. A person who once drove to Canada with the family dog tied to the roof of the car.
Again, she's trying to give you the image of the dog, with no protection from the elements, tied to the roof; presumably by his paws.
But I will point out that a member of a group called Dogs Against Romney drove to a protest in Colorado with a model of Seamus on top of his car and was stopped by the police.
I'm going to guess that the model of Seamus was not inside a kennel.  And that Collins could certainly qualify as a member of Dogs Against Romney.  Oops, that's so sexist of me!

The Romney camp hates talking about Seamus-related issues, but there’s no evidence of an actual family dog at the present. If there is one, I’d hate to think of how it travels when they fly between campaign stops.
 What a stupid column.  As I have mentioned in the past, Collins is the editorial page editor at the NY Times.  A more perfect example of promoting the least qualified person could not be imagined.
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