Gamechanger: Romney once saved a dog’s life

posted at 6:41 pm on April 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

You can thank BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski for the front-page thumbnail. In all seriousness, this is a “gamechanger” in the literal sense of that term. Axelrod and his pals are playing a breathtakingly stupid game with the “dog wars” and this anecdote will in fact change voters’ perceptions if/when it enters wider media circulation. Romney 2012: Because “dog” plus “water” does not equal “stew.”

Oh, almost forgot. He and his sons saved a bunch of people too during this same incident.

“We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

Roughly 300 yards out onto the lake, six adult family members and their dog were floundering in the water, after their boat suddenly sprung a huge leak — sinking in less than 90 seconds, Josh said…

In the middle of the rescue, the governor actually took a dunking himself — thrown off the Jet Ski as one anxious boater scrambled aboard and tipped the craft off-balance.

The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

Hat tip to AEI’s Lazar Berman for rescuing that story from obscurity. Speaking of which, why exactly is it obscure? Why hasn’t the Romney camp done more to circulate it? I recall reading about it once before but it’s so far off the radar that it slipped my memory altogether. It’d be nice to have it firmly planted in readers’ minds in time for Gail Collins’s 8,000th column about Romney putting Seamus on the car roof.


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Romney saved a dog.
Obama saved some of his dog for later.

Gingotts on April 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

And they didn’t eat the dog for dinner, either.

Curtiss on April 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

a good man, who can be a great president, who occasionally pushed bad policies, I can support this guy.

rob verdi on April 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Andrew Sullivan to launch investigation asking serious questions about this story in 3..2..1…

Purple Fury on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Say what you will about Romney’s conservatism. Between this, finding his partner’s daughter, and his amazing home life, we’ve nominated a paragon of human virtue and behavior to the presidency.

KingGold on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

“Romney… Dog Savior”.

Hog Wild on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Just want to stay on topic.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4279431/505-dogs-saved-from-the-butcher.html

arnold ziffel on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Woah woah! How many jetski’s do the Romney’s own?!?!?!
/s

El_Terrible on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Gamechanger: Romney once saved a dog’s life

But then Obama ate it.

Stoic Patriot on April 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Mitt Romney tucks Chuck Norris into bed every night.

pedestrian on April 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Romney saved a dog.
Obama saved some of his dog for later.

Gingotts FTW

The Resolute Desk on April 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I MADE THIS POINT WEEKS AGO, AT HA, ALLAH!

WITH LINK! YOU COULD HAVE MADE THIS POST YOURSELF!

AEI!?!?! WTF!!

budfox on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Romney Walks his dogs.

Obama Woks his dogs.

portlandon on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

But does Warren Buffett’s secretary have a dog?

J.E. Dyer on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Speaking of which, why exactly is it obscure? Why hasn’t the Romney camp done more to circulate it?

I swear to god, the people who get paid by the Republican campaigns are so clueless it’s frightening. Half the people who read this blog have a better sense of how to engage and affect the media than Romney’s clowns.

It took the Swift Boat guys to save George W. in 2004, and it will be smart people outside the campaign (like Treacher) to actually have a media impact this time around.

Btw, Obama ATE dogs. He ate those fury companions for food.

Nessuno on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

0bama only thinks he ate dog (tough). Actually Mitt Romney went back in time and switched it with a shoe (tougher).

pedestrian on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What is “Dogs against Romney” going to do now?

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Romney – dog saver
Obama – dog savor

ak90049 on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Obama needs a doggie bag.

nitzsche on April 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Romney saved a dog.
Obama saved some of his dog for later.

Gingotts on April 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Romney Walks his dogs.

Obama Woks his dogs.

portlandon on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Double thread winners!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

What is “Dogs against Romney” going to do now?

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

ignore the story altogether…

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Your serve, Mr. Axlerod.

Mallard T. Drake on April 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

But does Warren Buffett’s secretary have a dog?

J.E. Dyer on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Her taxes are so high she can’t afford one.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Romney – dog saver
Obama – dog savor

ak90049 on April 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

lool :)

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why is this news today? I heard about this story months ago.

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Ummm… I think they were foundering in the water, not floundering.
Unless of course the boaters we actually flounders.

Helen A Handbasquet on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

But does Warren Buffett’s secretary have a dog?

J.E. Dyer on April 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

“Did somebody say Dog Buffet????”

-Obama

portlandon on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Speaking of which, why exactly is it obscure? Why hasn’t the Romney camp done more to circulate it?

It’s like the story about him shutting down Bain to find the missing girl. They don’t publicize that either.

Mark1971 on April 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

you gonna eat that?

/who said it?

ted c on April 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Romney saved a dog in a crunch. Obama likes dog with a crunch.

BHO Jonestown on April 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

If Obama was around when this puppy was in the water, I think he’d throw some carrots, potatoes, and spices into the lake. :D

El_Terrible on April 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Your serve, Mr. Axlerod.

Mallard T. Drake on April 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

but, but, but…the Romneys are rich and they could save the dog because they had jet skis, but most of the 99% can’t afford that…

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

So AP, when do I get a job offer? I mentioned this story here on Hot Gas over 2 months ago, well before the Crate Gate>Puppy Chow story arc had begun.

For those who missed the original post…

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 6:57 PM

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Barry, who held the last piece of pooch.

pedestrian on April 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Why is this news today? I heard about this story months ago.

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Not everyone has. Worth publicizing it, no?

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

“We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

Jet ski you say? Get ready for some more class warfare even though jet ski’s are relatively inexpensive.

MFn G I M P on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Yeah, he snatched it out of Obama’s clutches before he was about to take a bite!

thebrokenrattle on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

If Obama tried to ride a Jetski he’d probably look for his bike helmet first.

Then get his Body Man on with him for security.

profitsbeard on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

This was actually the second time Romney had rescued boaters in trouble on Lake Winnipesaukee; he had previously rescued some kayakers after they were swamped and run into rocks by high winds.

Several years ago, the elder Romney — who was then heading up the Olympics — and the boys had to rush out in a boat and scoop up a batch of kayakers who were being battered and run onto rocks by fierce winds.

Josh Romney shrugged off the “hero” label.

“We were just lucky to be in the right place,” he said. “We did what anyone else would have done.”

Sgt. Robertson said he wasn’t surprised at the Good Samaritan behavior by the Romneys, who are well known to the neighbors.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

We have a choice between a man who was a governor, ran multiple businesses, saved a few lives, and a dog… and on the other hand we have a man who was a Senator for two years and a public disturbance before that– who has spent like a drunk in Vegas for the past three years with nothing to show for it, and the polls are still TIED?!?!

rustynca on April 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The Dems will say that Romney and his sons lateralled the dog back and forth on the ride to shore… and that once he made it to dry land, Romney spiked the pup.

See if they don’t.

(Oh, and their other narrative will be that it was no big deal because dogs are such great swimmers.)

stuiec on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Why is this news today? I heard about this story months ago.

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

at least one HA poster linked to it quite a while back, that’s how I read about it…I assume AP needed something to quell his pessimism after staring too long at Rove’s electoral vote map :-)…and he stumbled into this mood enhancer :-)…better than Paxil :-)…

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Not everyone has. Worth publicizing it, no?

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sure, why not. Now they can bash Mitt as the rich dude who owns fancy jet skis who suck up gas and pollute the environment. ;)

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

“A Dog tested me once. I ate his liver with a nice Chianti and some fava beans. Slurp-Slurp-Slurp-Slurp-Slurp-Slurp.”

-President Obama

portlandon on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Romney put the dog on a Jet Ski
Obama put the dog on a plate.

MontanaMmmm on April 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Not everyone has. Worth publicizing it, no?

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Yes.

Weight of Glory on April 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Super Mitt needs to show up with at his speaking engagements wearing either Clark Kent glasses-
Or a shirt with a Red “S” clearly visible beneath a sport coat.

Yes, Super Mitt is a hero – -and he is here to save the day world.

(Saving it even for angryed as well.)

FlaMurph on April 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Romney saves dog from the drink.
Obama savors dog with a drink.

Weight of Glory on April 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Obama has been losing ground in Michigan, too. Obama was only up by 4 points in early April. He was up 18 in February.

crosspatch on April 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

oops, wrong thread

crosspatch on April 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Romney put the dog on a Jet Ski
Obama put the dog on a plate the bar-bie.

MontanaMmmm on April 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

FIFY

profitsbeard on April 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Mitt Romney is the gosh danged Batman, dammit!

 

On a more serious note, why doesn’t the Romney campaign make this a better known story as well as the story of Mitt Romney shutting down everything to save a friends daughter?

Perhaps he’s waiting to toot his own horn for later in the campaign.

FlatFoot on April 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

This story is just going to make Obama hungry…

William Eaton on April 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

a good man, who can be a great president, who occasionally pushed bad policies, I can support this guy.

rob verdi on April 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

- RomneyCare
- banned guns
- signed MA up for Cap N Tax
- 75% of judges appointed were Democrats
- $550M new taxes
- increased spending by 26%
- closed 6 power plants because they were “dirty”

I don’t think you know what this word means

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Allah
yes, I never read this, I stopped over at dogs against Rmoney™ and left a comment……Thanks…..

angrymike on April 26, 2012 at 7:12 PM

FIFY

profitsbeard on April 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Thank that is better:)

MontanaMmmm on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Say what you will about Romney’s conservatism. Between this, finding his partner’s daughter, and his amazing home life, we’ve nominated a paragon of human virtue and behavior to the presidency.

KingGold on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Another plus, -a first lady that doesn’t dress like a tranny hooker.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

So AP, when do I get a job offer? I mentioned this story here on Hot Gas over 2 months ago, well before the Crate Gate>Puppy Chow story arc had begun.

For those who missed the original post…

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I pointed it out at least 3 months back also. Even provided the link when Newt fans refused to believe me. Willful ignorance.

Swerve22 on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Not everyone has. Worth publicizing it, no?

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The Romneys should get a pair of Scottish Terriers for the White House since he saved one in this story.

Bush’s two Scotties- Barney and Miss Beasley- were more popular than he was.

I think it would throw off Obama, psychologically, as well.

Every time he thought to bring up BUSH people would think of the dogs… and Barry’s furry dining habits.

Neutering the meme.

profitsbeard on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

at least one HA poster linked to it quite a while back, that’s how I read about it…I assume AP needed something to quell his pessimism after staring too long at Rove’s electoral vote map :-)…and he stumbled into this mood enhancer :-)…better than Paxil :-)…

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I think the poster “gary” something, who’s in Afghanistan also posted the link. Looks like angryed is on dinner break.

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

- RomneyCare
- banned guns
- signed MA up for Cap N Tax
- 75% of judges appointed were Democrats
- $550M new taxes
- increased spending by 26%
- closed 6 power plants because they were “dirty”

I don’t think you know what this word means

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Better than Obama…in life you must fight with the generals you have, not the ones you wished we had.

William Eaton on April 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

angryed hardest hit.

rockmom on April 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Bone appetite, Axelrod.

de rigueur on April 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Oh Where, Oh Where, Have Our Little Blue Dog Democrats Gone?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/04/oh-where-oh-where-have-our-little-blue.html

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

“Romney… Dog Savior”.

Hog Wild on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Obama … dog savorer.

VorDaj on April 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

On a more serious note, why doesn’t the Romney campaign make this a better known story as well as the story of Mitt Romney shutting down everything to save a friends daughter?

Perhaps he’s waiting to toot his own horn for later in the campaign.

FlatFoot on April 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Don’t know where you live, but the ad about Romney saving the girl was in heavy rotation in Philly the past two weeks. It’s great.

rockmom on April 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Obama is also a big supporter of Michael Vick.

VorDaj on April 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh.

“They talk about me like a dog,” said Barry.

pedestrian on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

One-Adam-12, One-Adam-12, thread hi-jacking in progress.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Mitt Romney is the gosh danged Batman, dammit!

On a more serious note, why doesn’t the Romney campaign make this a better known story as well as the story of Mitt Romney shutting down everything to save a friends daughter?

Perhaps he’s waiting to toot his own horn for later in the campaign.

FlatFoot on April 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Romney is known to be a pretty modest guy. I don’t remember which show he was on, but it might have been the O’Reilly Factor, but he was asked about a couple of these stories (I think the one that you reference), and you could just sense he was uncomfortable even talking about it. But I agree with you. The campaign needs to do a better job with this. He needs to get effective surrogates to do this. I’m no Huckabee fan, but the man is damn good at telling stories and just connecting with people. I hope Romney gives him a speech at the convention. Huckabee’s speech at the 2008 convention was one of the best.

GOPRanknFile on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

He raised taxes. He increased spending. He implemented a mandate. He banned guns. He loves Cap N Trade. He appointed no conservatives to the courts. He wants amnesty for illegals. He supports cheap student loans.

But he saved a terrier, therefore he’s severely conservative.

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

He raised taxes. He increased spending. He implemented a mandate. He banned guns. He loves Cap N Trade. He appointed no conservatives to the courts. He wants amnesty for illegals. He supports cheap student loans.

But he saved a terrier, therefore he’s severely conservative.

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Here’s a dose of reality to his actual record

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/whitepapers/?subsec=137&id=905

blatantblue on April 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

But he saved a terrier, therefore he’s severely conservative.

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Wow. Congrats for making the most “moronic” statement in HotAir history.

GOPRanknFile on April 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Michelle and I weren’t born with jet skis. We had help. We want everyone to have a jet ski. If we all had jet skis we too could be saving dogs from drowning and being eaten by fish – which is a terrible waste of perfectly tasty terrier..

Buy Danish on April 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Romney’s campaign did a whole ad about the Bain shutdown and search in 2007? I don’t remimber it getting much that it got much play. As nice as these little stories are, if the media doesn’t pick them up (willfully) it’s hard to push them and have the events seem sincere.

Dead Hand Control on April 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

This is great. I love it when an Obama strategy backfires. Twice.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

But he saved a terrier, therefore he’s severely conservative.

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Do you ever shut up?

JPeterman on April 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

“They talk about me like a dog,” said Barry.

pedestrian on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Little did anyone know at the time that his stomach growled right after saying this.

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Buy Danish on April 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

LOL! Good one.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

That video is pretty funny…

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Stop name calling you big dummy, you!

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

But Romney is not a communist…he is a politician. You seem to lack the comprehension skills needed for self-preservation.

William Eaton on April 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

“Why can’t I just eat my woofle?”
.

ExpressoBold on April 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Wow. Congrats for making the most “moronic” statement in HotAir history.

GOPRanknFile on April 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

As moronic as angryred is, the statement is not even close.

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I don’t think you know what this word means

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

and you, ginormous jackazz, know anything about being a good man :-)…epic laugh…

jimver on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Romney pulls out a dog out of the drink.
Obama downs a dog while having a drink.

Rambotito on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I care not for a man’s religion if it does not work for the betterment of his dog and cat.
- Abraham Lincoln

VorDaj on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

But he saved a terrier, therefore he’s severely conservative.

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

C’mon. This has nothing to do with Romney’s conservatism or lack thereof, and everything to do with Obama’s “otherness,” un-coolness, and absolute idiocy of his campaign in keeping DoggiePlate alive.

The enemy of your enemy (Obama, right? right?!!) doesn’t have to be your friend for one to enjoy his discomfiture of the enemy.

de rigueur on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth……because one does not eat dog with a spoon. It would have been simply gauche.”

- President Barack H. Obama, April 2012

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

This is great. I love it when an Obama strategy backfires. Twice.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

+ 100..Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on April 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

What is Odumbo’s favorite muffin? Puppy seed…

alaskahawk on April 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Ummm… I think they were foundering in the water, not floundering.
Unless of course the boaters we actually flounders.

Helen A Handbasquet on April 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

From some online dictionary. Pick one they all say pretty much the same thing.

flounderingpresent participle of floun·der (Verb)
Verb:

Struggle or stagger helplessly or clumsily in water or mud: “he was floundering about in the shallow offshore waters”.
Struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion: “she floundered, not knowing quite what to say”.

Foundering has a slightly different meaning.

foun·der 1 (foundr)
v. foun·dered, foun·der·ing, foun·ders
v.intr.
1. To sink below the surface of the water: The ship struck a reef and foundered.
2. To cave in; sink: The platform swayed and then foundered.
3. To fail utterly; collapse: a marriage that soon foundered.
4. To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses.
5. To become ill from overeating. Used of livestock.
6. To be afflicted with laminitis. Used of horses.
v.tr.
To cause to founder.

So I guess they were floundering around on the way to foundering.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

cozmo on April 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Agreed!

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

God you people are moronic.

angryed on April 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Then, VOTE FOR OBAMA.

The chance of repealing Obamacare if Obama gets reelected: 0%

The chance of repealing Obamacare if Romney is elected: >0%

The chance of Cass Sunstein and Harold Koh becoming Supreme Court Justices if Obama gets reelected: >0%

The chance of Cass Sunstein and Harold Koh becoming Supreme Court Justices if Romney gets elected: 0%

The chance of entitlement reform if Obama is reelected:0%

The chance of entitlement reform if Romney is elected: >0%.

The chance of a balanced budget if Obama is reelected: 0%.

The chance of a balanced budget if Romney is elected: >0%.

You are either with Obama and the Progs or you are against them. It’s that simple.

Now, vote for Obama and don’t say another bloody word if he gets reelected. You can talk to my perfectly manicured middle finger for the next four years.

Resist We Much on April 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Great story, this should be getting more play.

And that video is hilarious! Couldn’t stop laughing, even though if anything I’m slightly more likely to vote for Obama given that he ate dog.

netster007x on April 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Thank goodness! I will be voting for Romney along with my dogs. If the Dems can do it, we can too.

(That includes departed pets. They have rights, as well. And they’re not really dead. They just vote.)

Cody1991 on April 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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