|Romney heads to the doghouse|
|Written by Daily Vidette Editorial Board|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:09|
In the most recent CBS/New York Times poll from Wednesday, Mitt Romney and President Obama were found tied at 46 percent between registered voters.
While the margin of error provides 3 percent plus or minus in either candidate’s favor, the candidates are looking to win the voters over with every topic imaginable. While this was just one poll, the close tie has voters considering the economy’s recovery, women’s rights to contraceptives, the Middle East, international affairs, and now dogs.
Yes, the smear campaigns have arrived. Enter in Seamus Romney, an Irish setter that is putting Romney in the doghouse with thousands of voters. In 1983, Romney made the trip from Boston to Canada with Seamus’s crate strapped to the roof of his car, the dog reportedly secured inside with a bad case of the runs. At one point in the journey, Romney had to pull over and hose down the dog and the car before continuing on the drive.
After the story was first reported by the Boston Globe, a Facebook group was quickly formed by Scott Crider, appropriately called “Dogs against Romney” with thousands of fans. The democratic party is making sure all voters and dog lovers alike are aware of the story.
“I think it matters to people. Everyone understands that how someone treats their pet and what they do when nobody’s watching speaks to their character,” Crider said. “How is this guy going to solve our economic problems when he possibly has a total lack of empathy?” he added.
Of course, as in any political show down, it didn’t take long before the GOP dug up some dirt (I know it’s a terrible pun, but I couldn’t resist) on President Barack Obama, pulling up the history of an 8-year-old Obama living in Indonesia with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro.
As outlined in the president’s memoirs “Dreams from my Father,” “With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” part of the passage reads.
Romney’s supporters aren’t shy to bring up Obama’s adventurous dining while abroad. Jim Treacher, a Daily Caller blogger, commented, “Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth.”
Touché GOP. While both stories are a bit ugly, many voters are still siding with Obama because of his younger age and the fact that those eating habits did not take place in American culture. Even though Romney may have earned half of the voters in this round, a breakdown of the support shows that voters aren’t exactly cheering on the ex-governor. The latest ABC/Washington Post poll showed that 47 percent of voters had a “disfavorable view” or Romney, which is 6 percent less than Obama and a growing rift in the likeability factor.
The likability factor, which Romney says he is unconcerned with according to an article from Yahoo News, is a growing concern amongst voters. Is the fact that Romney tied a dog to the roof of his car enough to keep him away from the White House? Should it be? With so much history available to us on the candidates, personal and irrelevant to political history, voters must consider what will weigh in when they head to the polls.
As much as people criticize the “Dog Wars” for becoming a part of the election, it proves the point that everything is fair game. And why shouldn’t it be? If you’re going to lead one of the most powerful countries in the world, voters have a right to know not just a person’s politics, but their character as well.