Ever since Mitt Romney decided the roof of his station wagon was just the right height for Seamus, his Irish Setter, he has been dogged — sorry — by accusations of callousness and reckless disregard for his pet's welfare.
But it was only a matter of time before the conservative Daily Caller bit back with the stunning revelation (read: a passage from Barack Obama's 17-year-old memoir Dreams From My Father) that as a child growing up in Indonesia, Obama was fed dog meat…
"So what? It was a long time ago," you say. "He was a lot younger. Customs are different there. He was just doing what his stepfather told him. And hey, you can't even prove that the dogs were ever left on top of a car, you racist."
Hey, whatever you have to tell yourself, libs. 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. And whenever you bring up the one, we're going to bring up the other.
It's no fun when we push back, is it? That's why it's so much fun.
Actually, contrary to the Daily Caller, it's a lot of fun when the dubious-to-Americans dietary choices of a 9 or 10 year old child living abroad are compared to Romney's adult decision-making in a ham-fisted effort to play up the president's "otherness." Still, this puts much of Obama's first term in perspective. No wonder the Blue Dogs in the Democratic caucus have been skeptical of his initiatives. And every year he's been in office, there's been suspiciously fewer and fewer of them…
Lest anyone think this fauxtroversy was confined to right-wing blogs, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, of Etch-a-Sketch fame, was quick to join the outrage. With the one of the first blows in the dog wars struck by David Axelrod when he tweeted a picture of Bo, riding in the Obama's limousine, with the caption "How loving owners transport their dogs," Fehrnstrom struck back by retweeting Axelrod with the comment, "In hindsight, a chilling photo." So if nothing else, talking about Obama's childhood culinary adventures must be a welcome relief from Fehrnstrom's regular diet of foot in mouth.
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