You’ve seen it before in 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Aunt Edna’s beloved yappy dog, Dinky, gets tied to the back bumper of the car as they quickly loaded the car in hopes to get to Walley World as fast as they can, and to dump Aunt Edna off with her son, Normy.
In all the madness, Clark forgets to untie Dinky from the car’s back bumper. Clark forgets to untie Dinky. Forgets.. Even if subconsciously Clark wanted it to happen, he forgot.
Which brings me to Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney seems to be pretty precise, even if his version of precise is not telling everything. It appears that his precise means stating certain facts without bringing light to other important facts. A perfect example is this transcript (from ABC news) of the argument between Romney and Glen Johnson during a media meeting.
Romney: “Did you hear what I said? Did you hear what I said Glen?”
Johnson: ”That you don’t have lobbyists running your campaign.”
Romney: ”I said I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign and he’s not running my campaign.”
Johnson: ”He’s one of your senior advisors.”
Romney began to argue that his campaign manager is Beth Myers, not Ron Kaufman.
Romney: “Beth Myers has been on the plane with me and Beth Myers is running my campaign.”
Johnson: “So Ron is just window dressing? He’s just a potted plant on your plane?”
Romney: “Ron is a wonderful friend. An advisor, he’s not paid as an advisor like many others. But I do not have lobbyists running my campaign. I appreciate that you think that’s funny but Ron Kaufman has not been any in on any of the senior strategy meetings of our campaign.”
Johnson pressed Romney about whether Kaufman had ever been in a debate strategy session.
Romney: ”At any time, has he ever been in a debate session? Sure. Is that a senior strategy meeting?”
So you see, Romney doesn’t believe he’s lying to the People. He probably just sees it as withholding information. Important information if you ask me. Especially from a person that is running for President. He claims that he doesn’t take money from lobbyists but he’s taken the most out of all the GOP candidates, 61 registered lobbyists and five lobbyist-linked political action committees contributed $137,650 to Romney’s campaign between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011. He even has a top lobbyist, Ron Kaufman, as a Senior Adviser!
In fact, thanks to PolitiFact, (who recently found Romney’s claim ”I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign” to be false) here’s a list of some other Lobbyists involved in Romney’s campaign.
- Kaufman, a senior adviser to Romney, is chairman of Dutko Worldwide, which has lobbied for American Pacific Corp., American Trans Air, Amgen, AT&T; – and that’s just some of the As.
- Ben Ginsberg, the campaign’s national counsel, is a partner in the firm Patton Boggs, a large lobbying firm that has represented Kaiser Aluminum, Lucent Technologies, the Venetian Casino Resort and many others. His bio on the firm’s Web site boasts that “Mr. Ginsberg represents a variety of clients on Capitol Hill on a wide range of issues including appropriations, trade, broadcasting and health care.”
- Cardenas is chairman of the Romney Hispanic Steering Committee, a finance co-chairman for the campaign and a frequent spokesman for Romney. He is a partner in Tew Cardenas, a lobbying firm with offices in Washington, Miami and Tallahassee. Records show he has lobbied for Progress Energy, Bell South, the Florida Association of Realtors and the Recreational Fishing Alliance, among others. His Web site boasts that “He has been named as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.”
- Comstock, an adviser and frequent spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, is a founding partner of Comstock Corallo, which has lobbied for the Hearst Corp. and the National Association of Broadcasters.
- Vin Weber, the Romney campaign’s policy chairman, is considered one of Washington’s premier lobbyists. He is chief executive of Clark & Weinstock, which has represented Microsoft, Pfizer, Texas Instruments, General Electric and many others.
So by now you’re asking, “What does Aunt Edna and Dinky really have to do with Mitt Romney strapping his family dog onto the roof of his station wagon in a dog carrier?”
Well, remember how Clark Griswold forgot about Dinky? How poor little Dinky was dragged possibly for miles while Clark kept driving down the road with only his own intentions in mind.
Meet Seamus. Seamus took a ride in a dog carrier on the top of Mitt Romney’s white station wagon in 1983 as the Romney family took a trip to Canada. Romney must have cared about the dog as he even built a windshield for the dog carrier!
During the trip, Mitt had a plan. That plan mapped out mileage and stops with family in mind. One story even implies that the dog’s needs were overlooked as “He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.”
During the ride, Seamus emptied his bowels on the roof of the car. The results ended up dripping down the back window of the station wagon where Tagg Romney, the oldest son, witnessed the event with a yell of “GROSS!” Mitt Romney did exactly what should have been done. He immediately pulled into a gas station to hose off the car. Well, the car and Seamus. He then promptly put the dog back into the carrier on the roof of the car and drove on.
What can actually be taken from this story? Clark Griswold forgot about tying Dinky to the bumper. Romney deliberately put Seamus on the roof even after hosing him down from defecating on the roof.
When Romney is on a mission, he’ll do anything to anyone to accomplish it. Which means he’ll gladly tell half truths (my grandmother used to say that half truths are actually known lies) and leave loyal friends (Seamus) out in the cold wind with wet clothes.
What are the possibilities that Romney would leave his loyal constituents out in the cold wind if he makes it to the Presidential Elections? Or listen to all those Lobbyists that aren’t biting at his elbows or haven’t donated time and money to his campaign?