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Three versions of the ‘Mitt strapped his dog to the roof of his car’ and two are from Mitt

posted at 5:03 pm on January 11, 2012 by

Yes, Mitt has even flip flopped on this story.  Matt Lewis over at the Daily Caller highlights Newt’s latest swipe at Mitt:

Newt Gingrich is out swinging with a new web ad dubbed, “For The Dogs.” The soon-to-be released ad highlights some of Romney’s most humorous verbal gaffes — an obvious attempt to poke holes in the notion of Mitt Romney’s electability.

Newt does go there–as he should–but the ‘Mitt strapped his dog to the roof of his car’ story has three versions:  the “my dog likes fresh air” PETA explanation from Mitt, the one with Seamus in an airtight kennel from Mitt, or what actually happened from the Boston Globe:

Family members told the Globe that Romney attached a special windshield onto Seamus’ carrier to protect him from the wind. Romney was traveling that summer with his wife, five sons, and Seamus to his parent’s cottage on Lake Huron. But hours into the ride, Seamus apparently suffered diarrhea, which ran down the back window of the car. Romney’s sons, all under 14, howled in disgust. Romney pulled off the road into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, and they drove on to Ontario.  emphasis mine

I’m going with the Globe’s story on this one.  You be the judge.

Here is Newt’s latest For the Dogs ad:

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Washing off the roof didn’t stop the fearful dog from a dangerous case of diarrhea. This was stupid and cruel. If the family had been evacuating or in another emergency situation, well when, that’s different.
This was a smart ass, uncaring dog owner.

Pecos on January 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Yep, a bigger problem than Bain.

Marcola on January 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The Obama dog was a gift from Ted Kennedy who killed a woman in his car.

The Romney dog story was covered, as we all remember, back in ’08. It was expected to be brought back up. That Newt is the one to bring it up is particularly interesting, therefore:

Pro-Gingrich group’s Romney attacks channel Ted Kennedy

Cindy Cooper on January 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Who let the dogs out :D

burrata on January 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Why in the Sam Hill does anyone need three versions of a stupid dog story? If he can’t be straight about this of all things… what else he’s he telling us that has more than one version? This just nuts. I mean, c’mon… its a dog story!

Why does anyone need to spin a dog story???

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

There were tons of blooper reels for 0bama in 2008. It didn’t make any difference. If the best you can do is remind people that Romney took his family on a long road trip with their dog then you have nothing to say.

Next all the people who pull horse trailers behind their SUV will be jailed.

pedestrian on January 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I have never known anyone who tied their dog to the roof of their car. I have never heard of anyone else ever tying their dog to the roof of their car. He couldn’t afford to rent a bigger vehicle? When his sons said Romney was tight I guess they weren’t kidding. It’s bizarre.

saspepper on January 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Those of you who are disregarding this story as “nothing”, might be interested to know that there has already been a website and Twitter account created that’s devoted specifically to this story.

Try googling Mitt Romney’s dog and see how many stories show up. Some from 6 days ago, one from 2007.

Even the DSCC used it in a fundraising email yesterday.

Flora Duh on January 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Washing off the roof didn’t stop the fearful dog from a dangerous case of diarrhea.

I’ll bet the dog didn’t get diarrhea because being on the roof scared the s**t out of it. A lot of dogs get carsick and either puke or crap all over the place.
I’m sure Mitt’s boys would have loved to have Rover riding in the back seat with them and get carsick and soak them with diarrhea. If they thought having it run down the outside of the back window was gross, imagine what a family bonding moment they could have had with the dog inside the car.
Good times, precious memories.

I have never known anyone who tied their dog to the roof of their car.

Until I read the Globe story the howls of outrage made it sound like he just tied the dog to the roof rack with a rope around its neck. That isn’t what he did. He put the dog in a pet carrier on the roof with a wind shield in front of it. I’ve seen that many times. I don’t see why people think it’s such a big deal.

single stack on January 12, 2012 at 5:58 AM

I don’t see why people think it’s such a big deal.

single stack on January 12, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Exactly. Because IT ISN’T A BIG DEAL. Compare this to the past two decades of squalid politicians (cough Clinton Gingrich cough) known for banging’ interns, cheating on spouses, oh, selling state secrets to the Chinese, etc… The list goes on and on. If all Romney has by way of “scandal” is tying his pet carrier to the roof of the family car on a vacation 25 years ago, then its ALL GOOD.

AttilaTheHun on January 12, 2012 at 6:58 AM

It’s always no big deal when lawmakers and politicians break the law (which Mitt did). I have never seen a dog on the roof of a car in a carrier. I have seen a rooftop luggage carrier, but no dog crate. But, if the story changes with his dog, then how can we believe what he is saying as president. Seriously, Mitt is inconsistent on everything–even this. He should have boarded the poor pooch or hired a dog sitter.

SusanAnne Hiller on January 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Topologically speaking, wouldn’t the top of the car be the same as the flatbed of a pickup? What’s the big deal? If politicians knew any math, maybe the country would not be so broke.

mediamime on January 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Are you all sh!tting me? I mean, what the hell have repubs descended to when this is an issue? We have a 15 trillion dollar debt, and Newt and Perry are doing this (with you retards lending it credence) to the probable nominee? You want to go after romneys policy positions, fine. But this is dogsh!t. These complaints are the sign of an unserious people and party. And all you dof lovers who are so enraged at this, why don’t you go outlaw dogs riding in the back of trucks with your outrageous outrage? Ask if Rick Perry ever let his dog ride in the back of his truck. With all his cowboy, if he hasn’t, perhaps the rumors are true…

drballard on January 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

You’re telling me they couldn’t afford to put him in a kennel until they returned from vacation?

dmn1972 on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

A lot of dogs get carsick and either puke or crap all over the place.
I’m sure Mitt’s boys would have loved to have Rover riding in the back seat with them and get carsick and soak them with diarrhea. If they thought having it run down the outside of the back window was gross, imagine what a family bonding moment they could have had with the dog inside the car.

Until I read the Globe story the howls of outrage made it sound like he just tied the dog to the roof rack with a rope around its neck. That isn’t what he did. He put the dog in a pet carrier on the roof with a wind shield in front of it. I’ve seen that many times. I don’t see why people think it’s such a big deal.

single stack on January 12, 2012 at 5:58 AM

It’s a big deal to those who are desperate to bring down Mitt’s campaign (as well as our only candidate who can beat Obama).

itsnotaboutme on January 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

You’re telling me they couldn’t afford to put him in a kennel until they returned from vacation?

dmn1972 on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You’re telling me you can’t think of a reason why they wouldn’t want to do that? Duh.

For those who can’t (*facepalm*), maybe they wanted their dog with them.

itsnotaboutme on January 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM