Patt Morrison for April 17, 2012

A man, his dog, and the crate on top of the car

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Supporter of Republican presidential candidates and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Bill Gordon of Loudon, New Hampshire, holds sign with his dog Miles, January 8, 2012 in Concord, New Hampshire.

What does Mitt Romney consider the most “wounding” event of his campaign? According to tonight’s yet-to-air interview with Diane Sawyer, it’s the story of Seamus.

In case you haven't heard, that’s the dog that the presidential candidate would strap (in a crate) to the roof of the family vehicle on driving vacations, including one twelve-hour jaunt to a summer cottage in Ontario. The story was illustrated humorously on the cover of a recent issue of the New Yorker, except it was Rick Santorum riding in the crate, not Seamus.

Americans seem to remain fixed on the issue – case in point, the “Super Pack” Dogs Against Romney, whose 47,000 members bombarded ABC with questions about the incident, causing Diane Sawyer to comment that it was “one of two issues that prompted the most requests from the audience.” The other, of course, is Romney’s Mormon faith.


Why does the story refuse to die? Does the anecdote give you pause in regard to the former governor’s character? If you are considering voting for Romney, how seriously will this information affect your decision?


Judy Kurtz, columnist,

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