Q&A Friday #68: Seamus Romney’s Wild Ride

Question: “Okay, so the whole Romney-and-the-dog thing. Big deal? Kind of a deal? Who cares? Weird in your view?” — maledicta

Answer: First of all, here’s the story,

“Before beginning the (12 hour) 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.

Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.

The ride was largely what you’d expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the ”white whale.”

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the 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.”

I have to admit that carrying a dog on top of a station wagon like that strikes me as a little unusual, but it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to me.

Romney had rigged up some device to keep the wind from blowing in the dog’s face and it doesn’t sound like the dog was in any danger. Yeah, it was probably a little scary for the dog, but I bet the dog was peeing in the bushes and rolling in the grass two minutes after they got to their destination. In other words, Seamus was probably no worse for wear when it was all over.

So, while it’s probably not something I would do personally, I don’t consider it to be animal cruelty or anything people should hold against Romney.

I consult for the Duncan Hunter campaign.

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