Seamus, the Irish setter that Mitt Romney infamously strapped to the roof of his car for a ride to Canada, has now inspired not only political quips, but also punk rock.
Devo, the band best known for its 1980 hit “Whip It,” is releasing a new song this month titled “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed).”
“This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” Devo’s Jerry Casale told Rolling Stone. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It’s just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don’t feel that Mitt does.”
In 1983, the story goes, Romney put the dog in its crate on the roof of his station wagon as he drove with his family from Boston to Ontario for vacation. Animal rights activists have condemned the presumptive GOP nominee and the story has since become fodder on the campaign trail.
Touting wind energy in Iowa this week, the president criticized Romney for saying, “you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”
“Now,” the president said chuckling. “I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car.”