Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ABC News: "Seamus The Immortal"

Seamus the Irish Setter is immortal. That's the opinion of ABC News after learning that Dogs Against Romney will be partnering with Touchstone/Simon & Schuster to help promote a new book about Seamus by NPR personalities and political satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin. The book, "Dog on the Roof! On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt," goes on sale June 19. 

According to ABC News, "while the story has incited pet lovers, pestered the presidential candidate [linking to an article about us], and punctuated attack ads, a national book tour devoted solely to propagating the ... event will likely reinvigorate the Seamus saga, which Romney has tried to put to sleep."

Scott Crider, founder of Dogs Against Romney, was interviewed for the story. He told ABC News that the book is the latest addition to a growing grassroots advocacy movement using the Seamus story to point out Romney's "overall meanness."

"It's a character-illuminating anecdote about Romney for a lot of people," Crider said. "A lot of people are just pure dog lovers and see what he did as being abusive; others see it as a little window about what kind of guy he is."

Romney's treatment of Seamus represents a "pattern" of "meanness" from Romney, he said, that is amplified by the recent controversy over his high school bullying and his comments that he "likes being able to fire people." 

Crider, who is promoting the book to his 55,000 Dogs Against Romney Facebook followers, said the book "makes Romney look silly."

But, while the book is humorous and satirical, he said it communicates a serious issue in a way that people who don't follow politics can relate to.

"Politics is hard for most people, including me, to keep their head around," Crider said. "Big discussions about universal healthcare and the debt issues and these things are really big and complex for busy people to really be able to wrap their head around."

"This thing with Seamus cuts right through all of that," he said.

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