Did the Dog Wars Jump the Shark?

Apr 19, 2012 5:27pm

By now we all know about the famous ride Seamus, Mitt Romney’s Irish setter, took to Canada on the roof of the car. And we’re beginning to learn about President Obama tasting dog meat when he was a young boy in Indonesia, as he wrote in his book “Dreams From My Father.”

Newt Gingrich called this back and forth between the Obama and Romney campaigns “utterly stupid” and Romney himself said the presidential election will be about “jobs not dogs.”

And one sure sign that the so-called “dog wars” jumped the shark is politicians are demonstrating just how much they love their dogs. Scott Brown, for instance, released a video and a “Dog Blog” about his two dogs, Koda and Snuggles.

I understand how this storyline took off, because in some ways it’s irresistible. Everyone loves dogs and most were surprised to learn the story of Seamus on the roof of a car.

But this narrative was also pushed by the Obama campaign because it feeds their theme that Romney is out of touch and a little bit different.

The same goes for the Romney campaign. The reason Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted out a link to a photo of Obama and his dog Bo with the words “In hindsight, a chilling photo,” is because they want to set the same idea about the president, that he grew up in a different place and isn’t exactly like one of us.

But the truth is come November voters will know that Romney is a good family man who has nothing against dogs. And voters will know that President Obama is not a Muslim, or a socialist or someone that hates America, but rather a patriotic president.

Romney is right, Americans will vote on jobs. And according to the latest polls they are not convinced that Obama is the best steward of the economy and are concerned that we’re headed in the wrong direction.

Nor are voters convinced that Romney’s ideas will improve the economy, even though he is starting to develop a slight advantage on that issue right now.

My Bottom Line: Let sleeping dogs lie. It’s over. They won’t matter in November anyway.

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