Obama: Man Bites Dog
Mitt Romney’s a vanilla fella. There isn’t much earthshaking to say about him for good or ill; it’s his virtue, it’s his flaw.
Democrats have been keeping their powder mostly dry about a rather bizarre incident in 1983: putting his dog Seamus in a dog carrier atop the family wagon when they went on vacation. It was almost 30 years ago and about a .5 on the Scandal Meter, but it’s all grist for the mill in what looks to be a close election.
But today the rightosphere is positively giddy about the revelation that as a yoot, Barack Obama seems to have eaten dog meat. Not really a “revelation,” but hiding in plain sight in one of BHO’s pre-presidential autobiographies, “The Audacity of My Father” or something. That it took so many years to be “revealed” suggests a lot more people bought the book than read it.
And of course that a young Barack Obama ate dog meat registers in the negative numbers on the Scandal Meter, but it moots the Seamus Sword of Damocles that we were scheduled to hear a tiresome lot more about. Newspaper editorials, Wiki entry, websites, they were just warming up.
Seamus the Dog has just lost his value as a tactical weapon, I think, because the tu quoques are just so much easier, cheaper and frankly, more delicious.