Mitt is Mean Goes National on CNN

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Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It would be easy to dismiss all of this as political silliness were it not for one troubling fact: Sometimes the way a president connects with critters can affect the way voters relate to him.

For all the headaches on the campaign trail, you would not think a candidate would be hounded by his own dog.

That, however, has been the relentless fate of Republican contender Mitt Romney. A trip to Canada 30 years ago with the family pooch in a car top carrier, has been the gift that just keeps giving to Democrats. They’ve lampooned him as cruel at worst, foolish at best, with bumper stickers and T-shirts that say “Dogs aren’t luggage!” and “Mitt is Mean!”

Republicans have counterattacked by pointing out that President Obama wrote in his own book about eating dog as a child, helping the dog fight become a theme at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel nipped at both of them. “If Mitt Romney offers you a ride, call shotgun. And if President Obama starts buttering you, run!”

It would be easy to dismiss all of this as political silliness were it not for one troubling fact: Sometimes the way a president connects with critters can affect the way voters relate to him.

via White House pets have long pedigree in political squalls – CNN.com.

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