Tuesday, July 08, 2008

All Creatures Great And Small

Pet owners prefer McCain over Obama

By Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the presidential election goes to the dogs, John McCain is looking like best in show.

From George Washington's foxhound "Drunkard" to George W. Bush's terriers "Barney" and "Miss Beazley," pets are a longtime presidential tradition for which the presumed Republican nominee seems well prepared, with more than a dozen.

The apparent Democratic nominee Barack Obama, on the other hand, doesn't have a pet at home.

The pet-owning public seems to have noticed the difference.

An AP-Yahoo! News poll found that pet owners favor McCain over Obama 42 percent to 37 percent, with dog owners particularly in McCain's corner.

"I think a person who owns a pet is a more compassionate person — caring, giving, trustworthy. I like pet owners," said Janet Taylor of Plymouth, Mass.

Taylor, who described herself as a retired stay-at-home wife, owns two cats, Lady Jane Taylor and Mr. Tommy Katz.

Richard Powell, 79, of Spokane, Wash., whose dog passed away last fall, said if a person owns a pet that "tells you that they're responsible at least for something, for the care of something."

He said pet ownership wouldn't make a difference in his vote, but if a president owns a pet, then "I'm glad to know they like animals."

Christina Duffney, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, said "you usually connect with things that you're familiar with, so that could be a part of" why pet owners lean toward McCain.

Well, if voters identify with a guy who owns pets, it's easy to see why they'd like the Arizona senator.

He has a veritable menagerie, including Sam the English springer spaniel, Coco the mutt, turtles Cuff and Link, Oreo the black and white cat, a ferret, three parakeets and a bunch of saltwater fish.


Amazing that Senator McCain can find the time and energy to run for president.

Not only is he shopping for pet food, walking the dogs, taking them to the vet, emptying the litter boxes and cleaning the bird cages and the fish tank, he is doing it with physical limitations so severe that he retired from the military on 100% disability.

I hope for his sake that all those pets are living under one roof. He and Cindy have seven homes. If the spaniel, mutt, turtles, cat, ferret and fish are widely distributed geographically, caring for them would be overwhelming, even for a young , fit man with no day job.

Good thing they have their own private jet.


Sunday, July 06, 2008

Bread And Circuses

The New York Times "Quotation of the Day" (July 4, 2008)

"People go ape when they see it. It’s a feeling. It’s a feeling that takes over a whole stadium. If anyone in the stands opened their mouth and objected, there would be hell to pay."

(Jim Alexander, whose company, Superflag, creates field-size American flags for sporting events.)


How about a gigantic toilet, to symbolize where the country is headed?