I started a site called ObamaAteDog.com to compile all the goofiness about the meme that caught fire after the great Jim Treacher from The Daily Caller published a story called Obama Bites Dog.
(I think Jim might be mad at me, so I wanted to be sure to call him the great Jim Treacher. Oh. Did I say that out loud?)
It’s goofy. It’s funny. It’s a release from the normal day-to-day tensions of politics and let loose with some silliness. However, I think it actually resonates on a deeper level for two reasons.
1) After the Obama campaign including David Axelrod and many liberals decided to dogpile on the “issue” of Mitt Romneu, it’s a bit of karmic payback.
2) To understand the deeper level of the story works on, it helps to look at the reason that the Obama campaign decided to make an issue of the Mitt Romney dog story. It wasn’t just randomly picked, it was chosen because the story of Mitt Romney putting the dog on the roof of his car pushes an emotional point that the Democrats want to push in order to win this election namely, that Mitt Romney and the Republicans are mean.
Mitt Romney is mean because he’s rich. He’s mean because he’s fired people when he ran businesses. He’s mean because his Republican and all Republicans are mean so don’t vote for them.
This is the moral of the Mitt Romney story and the reason it’s been so often repeated and pushed. For the time being, leave aside whether this is true or false; let’s just be clear this is what the Obama campaign is pushing with that story.
So what’s the underlying message of “Obama ate a dog”? It’s an anti-Obama campaign theme that goes back to Hillary Clinton’s run against Sen. Obama Barack Obama is not like you or me or the vast majority of Americans. He has different beliefs and different experiences and that makes him a poor choice for president of the United States.
Again, leave aside whether you disagree with this or not. It’s a campaign theme and the “Obama ate dog” meme helps push it. This is why I think it’s going to resonate on a deeper level than just jokes.