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Romney Campaign Attacks 9-Year-Old Barack Obama for Eating Dog Meat in Indonesia

The War on Dogs is heating up…

By now, pretty much everyone knows the sad tale of Seamus Romney, Mitt’s Irish setter who was infamously forced to ride in a crate atop the roof of the family station wagon on a 1983 trip from Boston to Canada. Poor Seamus had “the runs,” as Anne Romney delicately put it, and pooped all over the car.

Old Seamus is long gone, but the story has, ahem, hounded Romney throughout his presidential run. Team Obama has gleefully mentioned the Seamus incident on more than one occasion.  But the Romney folks aren’t taking it lying down; they’re firing back, attacking the president for something he did when he was just nine years old.

The conservative Daily Caller blog pulled a passage from Obama’s best-selling memoir “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” in which the president recalls some of the unusual– by American standards– foods he ate while living in Indonesia from the age of 6 to 10:

With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.

Dog for dinner… not at all uncommon in parts of Asia.

Obama’s dog-eating days are more than 40 years behind him, but conservatives seem to find it suitable to attack a nine-year-old child for doing something he had no say about in a country where doing so was not all that unusual. As Arthur Delany over at the Huffington Post points out, “eating dog meat in Indonesia might be less unusual than giving your dog a roof ride in America.”

Still, conservatives are all over this one. “Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth,” the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher writes. “And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other.”

Team Obama shot back that the Romney campaign might next attack “a 6-10 year old.”

Such is the sad state of American electoral politics. With a never-ending war raging in Afghanistan, a never-ending economic funk the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression and nearly $16,000,000,000,000 in national debt, you’d think the candidates would debate matters of substance. Alas, we’re stuck talking about contraception and dogs. And that’s a doggone shame.

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