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Opening Arguments

Got a pet candidate?

Now, we're getting down to the stuff that really matters in the presidential campaign:

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.

Much later on, the story points out that Obama beats McCain 48 to 34 percent among people who, like Obama, do not have pets. Somebody should call and complain about this story's obvious pro-pet owner slant.


Tue, 07/08/2008 - 7:58pm

If our press is a reflection of the public, we are a truly stupid people who deserve the leaders we get.