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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Staff Editorial

Seamus controversy unnecessary

Mitt Romney’s dog Seamus received some good news this week: He will never again have to ride in a crate strapped to the top of his owner’s car. As a potential “first pup” candidate, Seamus obviously does not deserve such treatment. Bo, the current first pet, has likely never experienced something that degrading. But then again, Bo was adopted after the Obamas made their home in the White House. It would be ridiculous for the Obamas to attract unnecessary attention to themselves in such a way.

It would also be ridiculous if the media continues to cover this story for the remainder of Romney’s campaign.

Yes, you should not strap your pets to the roof of your car while going on a vacation, even if they seem to enjoy the overexposure.

However, with everything Romney stands for, the fact that he strapped his dog to the roof of his car should be considered a minor issue.

It’s as if the media is trying to promote this story because it displays some sort of character flaw of Romney — a flaw they are trying to carefully develop.

Romney has plenty of flaws already. There is no reason to try to brand him as a heartless animal abuser.

Ann Romney gave a great explanation for the incident to ABC’s Diane Sawyer:

“Once, he — we traveled all the time and he — he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs. But — he would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for t – in — in — in a kennel for two weeks,” Ann said.

Could you argue with her decision? This is a situation where the media should just let sleeping dogs lie.

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