Gail Collins, a New York Times columnist is obsessed with one topic: Romney’s former Irish Setter, Seamus. Infamously, Mitt Romney took a road trip to Canada in the 1980s and put his dog Seamus in a kennel on the roof of his car.
At one point, the dog got diarrhoea which ran down the windows of the car, and Romney had to pull over and hose everything down.
Media people were noticing her obsession as far back as last December. And earlier this month a blogger, Matthew Aldridge, counted the number of times Collins mentioned it: 51 times! Including “45 op-ed columns, 6 blog “conversations” with David Brooks.”
And this morning, Gail Collins dedicated her ENTIRE COLUMN to her own preoccupation with this story.
She even conducts a self-interview about it. Here’s a sample:
It’s as though you’re saying this is the most important fact about a possible future president of the United States.
You could argue that the Seamus story puts Romney in a more human context. This is not just a quarter-billionaire with approximately the same gift for the common touch as Scrooge McDuck. This is a real person. A person who once drove to Canada with the family dog tied to the roof of the car.
Frankly, we think this is a gloriously indulgent way to use the most valuable column space in America. But, we’re not paying her salary.
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