John Hayward, on the now-suddenly-a-distraction-because-it’s-not-helping-to-Obama Dog War:
The point of the exercise, for Team Obama – which, let us never forget, was very serious about pounding Romney with the Seamus story, because they were worked into a lather by focus group studies that showed it hurt his likeability ratings – was to plant these little viral memes into the public consciousness. You were supposed to roll into November thinking that Mitt Romney cruelly strapped his dog to the roof and made him sick. That was meant to become a detail that “everybody knows,” without quite remembering where they heard it.
And that’s why this whole episode is such a hideous disaster for Team Obama, because now the one thing everyone will remember is that Obama ate a dog.
Via @SissyWillis. Read the whole thing: there’s some good stuff in there, particularly about how all of this could have been handled by the media better if only they had actually read Obama’s books…