If this report from foxnews.com is true, I think it's safe to say that the Mitt Romney campaign for president is essentially over:
Romney placed his family dog, an Irish setter named Seamus, into a kennel lashed to the top of his station wagon for a 12-hour family trip from Boston to Ontario in 1983. Despite being shielded by a wind screen the former Massachusetts governor erected, Seamus expressed his discomfort with a diarrhea attack.On the bright side, this incident at least demonstrates that Mitt Romney would make an ideal GOP moderate senator. Mitt Romney's philosophy of pet care is exactly the same as Senator John McCain's approach to legislation: if the public outcry becomes to great, then quietly pull your bill aside, wash the crap off with a garden hose, and then put the bill back on the road to passage.
Now the story, recounted this week in a Boston Globe profile of Romney, has touched off howls of outrage from bloggers and animal rights activists even though it was presented in the story as an example of Romney's coolness under trying circumstances.
When Romney's eldest son, Tagg, and his four brothers complained about the brown runoff down the back windshield, their father quietly pulled the car over, borrowed a gas station hose and sprayed down both the dog and the kennel before returning to the road.