Sorry to be so blunt about it, Keith.
OLBERMANN: Hit them with your wallet, Mitt!
More trouble for Mr. Romney on another front, and it may seem trivial, but think long and hard about this — the Seamus card is in play.
Seamus, the family dog, which Ramney — or Romney had and took to Canada in a carrier strapped to Romney’s car roof in 1983, a matter that should worry dog lovers everywhere. He has now been employed, in memoriam, by Santorum campaign senior strategist John Brabender, after Romney called Santorum’s campaign desperate.
(Excerpt from video clip) JOHN BRABENDER: Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’m going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his own dog on the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway.
OLBERMANN: Woof. Don’t think it matters? Two words — Michael. Vick.
That was a long time ago, though. March 14, 2012, to be exact. Long before Olbermann and his fellow geniuses on the left realized that dogs might be a problem for the president.
That was then. This was yesterday:
After a week of dog-eat-dog politicking between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s respective campaigns, Keith Olbermann said today that the “dog-gate” controversies have gotten out of hand.
Politicos, pundits and the presidential-campaign watching public spent the past week pondering which is worse, a presidential candidate who put his dog in a kennel strapped to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive or a president who ate dog meat as a child living in Indonesia.
“It raises the level of absurdity to something exponential,” Olbermann said on “This Week” about the Romney campaign criticizing Obama for consuming dog meat when he was 6 years old.
“With so many valuable questions going on, we’re wasting most of the time dealing with the dogs,” the former MSNBC and CurrentTV host said.
Funny how an issue the Democrats brought up over and over for years suddenly stops being important when it starts making them look bad.
There’s been no umbrage about Obama eating dogs until now, Keith, because nobody has read Obama’s stupid book. And because it wasn’t until last week that we got tired of you guys constantly bringing up Romney’s dog. But you did, and now things aren’t really working out the way you planned. In the space of a single day, the issue of presidential candidates and dogs went all the way from Diane Sawyer’s solemn, brow-furrowed interview with the Romneys to “Hey, c’mon, guys, ain’t this kinda silly?”
Two words: Rake. Face.
By the way, George seems to be giving up on attracting a general audience:
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 22, 2012
Well, that’s his prerogative. I just hope ABC is working up a game plan for Keith’s inevitable firing. Let’s see, he was at MSNBC for 8 years, and at Current TV for 8 months. Let’s give him… 8 weeks? I’m feeling generous.
Elsewhere in The Story That Suddenly Doesn’t Matter, there’s this:
That went up last night. And just like every other time there’s a story that embarrasses the Democrats — ACORN, Rielle Hunter, Anthony Weiner’s cameraphone habits, etc. — a few hard-working Wikipedia editors are trying to suppress it. Which is why I don’t bother with Wikipedia unless I want to know who played Jason of Star Command or who was the original bass player for Cheap Trick. But I’m sure it’ll be a glorious edit war. I’m just glad they used the plural and present tense. At this late date, I see absolutely no reason to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.
And, not to be outdone, Dogs Against Romney are doing their part to keep the story going. This just went up yesterday:
Also, Obama eats dogs.
Good timing, guys! Guess they figured, “Well, we already spent the money on it…”
Some people care about dogs. Other people care about dogs only when they can be used as yet another cheap political weapon against their opponents. We call the latter group “Obama supporters.”
Update: Frank J. asks, “When will Obama address his dog-eating?”
Update: The Knowyourmeme gallery keeps growing. Here’s a good one:
Puppy John’s. And here’s one for all you dog-loving metalheads:
Update: Won’t you please help?
Update: I’ve been worried about Bo, but this morning his captors at the White House gave us proof of life.
Glad he’s okay. I hope he can get away from there before it’s too late.
Update: Greg Pollowitz has more on Olbermann’s all-too-believable hypocrisy, with links to plenty of quotes of Olby blasting Romney for putting his dog on a car instead of inside his belly.
— ‘Jim’ ‘Treacher’ (@jtLOL) April 23, 2012
Update: What’s the difference between a columnist for The Atlantic and a dog? The dog is capable of learning.
Update: And now, the Democratic rebuttal.
Ummm, did Obama put them on top of a car, you wingnuts? I didn’t think so.
Update: Dogs Against Obama bark back.
Update: Obama might have a way out of this. Just throw Bill under the bus!
Update: As noted, Keith mentioned the dog issue many times on his now-cancelled TV show. Here’s his thesis statement, from March 15.
”And I always say — I say there’s two words to remember, in terms of Mitt Romney — Michael Vick. I’m not saying it’s akin to what Michael Vick did, with dog fighting and killing dogs in the fighting preparations. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying the way dogs — and the mistreatment of dogs — stick to people, this could be extraordinarily important.”
The treatment of dogs has gone from “extraordinarily important” to “exponentially absurd,” and all it took was one little quote from Obama. It would be funny if it weren’t so hilarious. Keith’s all yours, ABC.