WASHINGTON -- The head of the Democrats' Senate campaign operation invoked Mitt Romney's infamous treatment of the family dog on a long ago vacation Wednesday night to illustrate how she thinks a Romney administration would treat the middle class and the vulnerable in America.
Romney has taken no end of grief over the tale he once told the Boston Globe of putting his dog, Seamus, in a crate on the roof of the family car for a hundreds-mile drive to Canada. The pet suffered diarrhea on the journey, and the Romneys had to hose down the car.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who has hit Romney before over Seamus, used that tale as a punchline for a litany of ills she predicted Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would carry out if they win and the GOP takes back the Senate.
"They would end Medicare's guaranteed benefits and repeal health care reform," said Murray.
"So on day one, millions of young people on their parents' policies would lose their coverage. They would take away a woman's right to make decisions about her own pregnancy and decimate Planned Parenthood, where millions of women get basic health care services." said Murray, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
"They would sell out our middle class to cut taxes for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations," she said, teeing up her zinger. "Simply, with a Republican Congress sitting shotgun, Mitt Romney will put the middle class on the roof and take us for a long, painful ride."
UPDATE: 9 p.m. -- Republicans were not amused by Murray's dog dig.
“President Obama and his Democrat allies can only resort to false attacks to distract from their abysmal record that has added $5 trillion to the national debt and seen unemployment at over eight percent for over 42 months straight," GOP spokesman Ted Kwong said in an email. "Nothing the Democrats can say will change the fact that voters know they are not better off after four long years of failed policies and leadership.”