The joke is on the GOP


According to the president's autobiography, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” when Barack Obama was between six and ten years old and living in Indonesia, his stepfather fed him dog meat (among other exotic foods) to take "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.” ABC has more details here.

At six, or even ten, some kids are still eating paste (I suspect Glenn Beck still does), so whatever a parent puts in front of a kid at dinner time is what they must, and usually will, chow down. Their judgment hasn't exactly peaked yet (nor has some adults', as I'm about to remind you).

At age 36, Willard M. Romney stuck his dog in a crate atop his FamilyMobile and hosed him down after he defecated down the car window, then put him back in the kennel and continued the twelve-hour long trek to Canada. He chose to do that. He consciously abused his own dog. A six-to-ten-year-old Barack Obama would have undoubtedly had better judgment.

To recap, a boy ate what his dad served him at the dinner table, and an adult forced his sick, miserable, wet dog to get back into a cage on the roof of a car for more hours of cramped, cold, intestinal misery.

That was then, this is now.

Via Taegan, Sarah Palin on Fox News, responding to a Secret Service joke about checking Palin out:

"Well check this out, bodyguard -- you're fired. And I hope his wife sends him to the doghouse. As long as he's not eating the dog, along with his former boss."

Funny stuff, Sarah. Who writes your material, John McCain?

Via Taegan, McCain tweeted:

No, Republicans, you can't justify your presumptive presidential candidate mistreating his own pet by mocking something that Barack Obama did (involuntarily) as a young boy. It doesn't work that way, and it draws attention right back to your own disastrous choice to run against President Obama.

That's called tasteless. And it's also a big ol' "backfire." Say it with me. Backfire.

The only real joke is the Republican party.