My wife chose the title for this one, so I have to give credit where credit is due. It's kind of funny since the main reason I started this blog was so I could bark politics online and not at her. There is a connection, trust me. The reason she chose the title: the following subject/rant got me so upset I started barking out loud at home, so naturally she heard about it and chose the title for today's post.
If you haven't heard about this new "dog war," here are some updates:
ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/obama-as-a-boy-ate-dog-meat/
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57415790-503544/the-doggy-wars-gop-hits-obama-for-eating-dog-as-a-child/?tag=stack
Twitter tags #ObamaDogRecipes and #ObamaEatsDog are going wild. Let me be out front with this (and if this gets me in trouble with some on the right, so be it).
STOP IT! Don't go down this path.
This all started when the left took issue with the Romney family saying they put their dog Seamus in a kennel carrier on the roof of their car while traveling from Massachusetts to Canada. My take on that: so what?! What does this have to do with Romney being the potential leader of the free world? It's not on his resumé, and I'm sorry, it doesn't show a "character issue" as some liberals tried to claim (it's the thinnest of stretches, at best). In my opinion, this was a desperate attack. Democratic strategist David Axelrod, as shown in the ABC News link above, even weighed in on Twitter. Many on the right wrote this off with, "the left can't stand by Obama's record, so this is how they distract from it while attacking Romney." The way I see it... they were 100% right.
But now, since the issue of Obama eating dog meat as a child came up, many on the right are talking out of the other side of their mouths, shamefully. I wish I could say this is isolated to a select few "fringe" Twitter uses, but Mitt Romney's chief strategic Eric Fehrstrom sunk to Axelrod's level.
Why?! What good does this do? I'm not a campaign manager, but if I was in charge, I would have stuck with the "they can't stand by Obama's record" position. It's a good position. It's the high road. It's sensible. It says, "that's what you got?! Millions of people are out of work and getting kicked out of their homes, and you're attacking the former governor about a dog?"
When I think about it, the issue the republicans are attacking is a stupid point to attack. Obama ate dog as a child. A CHILD. He more than likely didn't have control over this situation. End of story.
But no. Instead of taking the high road, instead of strengthening their positions, republicans have weakened them. They have stooped to the democrats' level. They have decided to engage in a childish game that resembles, "I know you are, but what am I?"
Please, fellow conservatives... stop stooping to this level. We are better than this. We have great economic ideas. We are great political party. I believe we are the party that can put this country back on track. But it doesn't do ourselves any good to try to distance ourselves from the democrats by acting just like them. Rise above this baloney, together, and we can all move forward... together.