Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Pit Bulls for Obama
Readers of this blog know that Brando has long been a supporter of Barack Obama. But when a friend of mine came to town a few months ago with a button featuring a smiling pit bull and the words "Pit Bulls for Obama," I had to ask, "What is his position on pit bulls?" Actually, first I asked if she had a button for me.
Of course, a position on pit bulls isn't the most pressing issue of the day. Unless you actually are a pit bull. But I do think you can tell a lot about someone by how they make certain policy decisions. So my friend went on to tell me about her experience working with Obama on dangerous dog legislation in Illinois several years ago, before he became a US Senator. He was great, she said. He actually listened to people, and helped to create a law that addresses irresponsible owners and repeat offenders. My friend said it was unusual to meet with someone who was actually grateful for advice and feedback on a law that had already been drafted. She also went on to say that she did a little more research and found that Obama also supported another law, which outlaws breed specific legislation in Illinois.
Of course, there are those who insist that Obama has never been involved in creating a law. Those are the same people who think that Palin has foreign policy credentials. And don't get Brando started on that awful pit bull joke Palin loves to tell. "Lipstick?" Brando says. "But pit bulls don't wear lipstick!"