Crappy Google problem dogs Mitt Romney

GOP presidential candidate can't shake controversial incident involving family pet

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It's a low-information site, containing only the "to defecate in terror" definition for the verb "Romney."

The site has generated 7,500 Facebook "likes," 1,200 Google+ "1s" and 2,071 tweets.

Shepler, a 28-year-old resident of Indianapolis, tells Rolling Stone:

"You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat animals. The man doesn't seem to have any empathy. The last person we want as president is a multi-millionaire with no empathy for his own dog, let alone people."

No argument here.

Romney's Google problem is similar to that of GOP presidential rival Rick Santorum. Google "Santorum" and you'll get as the third result ... well, feel free to check it out.

It doesn't end there for Mitt. When you type "Romney" into the Google search box, the top default phrase is "Romney dog". Click on that and the third return is "Dogs Against Romney."

The guy who first reported the Seamus story back in 2007 -- Neil Swidey of the Boston Globe (a former colleague of mine in a long-ago life) -- recently recounted how he got the story (from a close Romney family friend) and reflects on why the anecdote won't go away.

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