The story of Seamus is still hounding Mitt Romney.
The cast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” gave White House campaign advisor David Axelrod an opportunity to yet again stir up the story of the Romney family dog being forced to ride on the roof of the family car in the 1980s.
After Axelrod defended Democrats’ commitment to focusing on “big things” during the election despite President Barack Obama’s attention to the word “marvelous” to jab Romney in a speech last week, co-host Joe Scarborough said “politics is a many-splendored thing.”
“When are you going to stop channeling Gail Collins and talking about that poor dog that was put on his roof? When are you gonna stop that, Axelrod?” Scarborough asked jokingly, referring to the New York Times columnist who has dredged up the distraught Irish setter many times in the paper.
“Well, I am a dog-lover,” Axelrod said.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski expressed her own sympathies with the long-dead pooch. “I am, too. I have a rescue. I would never put him on the roof of my car. Who would do that?”
“Well,” Axelrod said, sheepishly, “Mitt Romney.”
“I don’t want [reporter Mark] Halperin to say ‘You’re making the race about trivial things.’ I was asked a direct question, I gave you a direct answer,” Axelrod said.