Friday, April 13, 2012
Mitt Romney and the NRA: That Dog Won't Hunt
Mitt Romney once owned a sporting dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, whom Romney treated so cruelly that he has been listed in two national animal abuse databases. Bad as he is as a pet owner, Romney is an even worse defender of the Second Amendment (gun rights).
Romney is set to speak to the National Rifle Association’s national convention today, where he will stand before a throng of true sportsmen and pretend to be one of them – even though everyone knows that his record shows he is not.
When Romney ran for Senate against Ted Kennedy, he asserted “I don’t line up with the NRA.” Later, while running for Governor, he promised to veto any legislation that would weaken the state’s strict gun laws. As Governor, he quadrupled fees for gun licenses, making it much harder for people in his state to get and carry guns, and claimed the NRA had endorsed him. It hadn't.
It wasn't until 2006, as he prepared to run for the Republican nomination that Romney suddenly became a much stronger defender of the Second Amendment. He joined the NRA, paying extra to be a “Lifetime Member,” even though he didn't own a gun and he had never had a hunting license in his life.
With his freshly minted membership card in hand, he set out immediately trying to curry favor with gun sportsmen by pretending to be one of them. It didn't go very well.
Romney was caught lying about his hunting prowess on the campaign trail in 2007. “I've been a hunter pretty much all my life,” he told a crowd of sportsmen. Unfortunately, the facts didn't bear that out. It was discovered that “lifelong hunter” Mitt Romney had hunted exactly twice in his entire life (once for rabbits at age 15, and once more 45-years later for quail with political donors).
According to Ted Strickland, writing for Politico, the Romney campaign has also admitted that while Romney purchased two shotguns, it wasn't until after he claimed to be a gun owner.
True sportsmen can recognize their own – and they can smell a pretender a mile away. True sportsmen also love their dogs - giving them the joy of doing what they were born to do – and value their companionship.
Mitt Romney fails the sniff test on all counts.