Don't let your dog ride with a Republican. Mitt Romney boasts of strapping his Irish Setter on top of a station wagon for a frigid 12-hour trip. He revealed his cruelty in the mistaken belief it would make him more popular with the common people. He lacks empathy with both dogs and the human working class.
Julia Hurley, a Republican state representative in Tennessee, has been showing a video on YouTube of her dog Pepper being held outside a moving car for what she called an "air swim." (We're reminded of the picture of Michael Jackson on a balcony holding a human baby that Jackson seemed about to launch on a high-altitude air swim.) How did Michael Vick avoid getting a Republican nomination? He knows dog abuse. Probably knows as much foreign and fiscal policy as the average Republican candidate too.