The media is all atwitter with news that a horse belonging to Ann Romney (and by extension Mitt Romney as the source of the Romney family fortune) has secured a berth in the Olympic dressage competition. I have never watched dressage, but apparently it involves horses prancing like the cats in the Kitten Mittens episode of It’s Always Sunny. It’s a real hit with the “we have so much money we’ll pay hundreds of thousands of dollars that could feed, clothe, and school people to get horses to prance” set. This is what “job creators” do with all that money.
But the Romney family has a darker history with horses. In 2010, a woman in San Diego sued Ann Romney, among others, for fraud in connection with the sale of a horse named “Super Hit.” As it turns out, poor Super Hit was sold while on a “super hit” of Butorphanol, Delomidine, Romifidine, and Xylatine. A delightful drug cocktail about which United States Equestrian Team veterinarian wrote, “In my 38 years of practice, I have never come across a drug screen such as this where the horse has been administered so many different medications at the same time.”
This is like “Requiem For a Dressage.”
Why was Super Hit subjected to three sedative pain killers and one narcotic pain killer? Well apparently, the drugs were injected into the horse to conceal a foot injury (hoof injury? Not sure the proper terminology here) that allegedly rendered the horse incapable of performing dressage. In other words, the suit alleged that the drugs were injected before Super Hit was inspected for sale to protect its value and help Ann Romney score some extra bucks. Hilary Rosen owes Ann an apology — Ann is a shrewd businessperson — like, J.R. Ewing shrewd.
And with this, Super Hit the Horse joins Seamus the Dog as the latest representative from the animal kingdom treated as steerage by Mitt Romney and the rest of the Romney clan. In the case of Seamus, Mitt Romney treated the family pet as a problem to be solved and laughed off the dog’s terror as a humorous anecdote. For Super Hit, the Romney treatment was even worse. I can understand selling an injured animal that could no longer serve Ann Romney in dressage competition to give it a better home with someone willing to care for a horse with no dreams of Olympic glory. But to go the extra mile of drugging Super Hit, allegedly just to sell the dazed horse at a premium as a dressage horse is unduly cruel.
But it also says something about Mitt Romney and his family’s view of money. While sitting comfortably on over $200 million, it struck Team Romney as a good idea to give a potentially dangerous cocktail of sedatives and narcotics to an animal in their care in order to eke out a few thousand more on their “investment” and leave the next person holding the bag.
A callous view of short-term cruelty to make a few extra bucks today at the expense of the next generation. Super Hit is not only a representative of Romney cruelty to animals, but a reflection of the economic vision of a Mitt Romney presidency.