Dog Days of Election Season

It’s finally election day, when Americans get to choose between two candidates (neither of whom anyone likes all that much) to be our country’s leader for the next four years. Many pundits and commentators have noted how vicious the rhetoric has become on both sides, and worry that long after today is done, Americans will have trouble finding a way to get along again.

Enter the one thing everyone can evidently agree upon: dogs are better than politicians.

That’s right. A dog food company came up with the idea to send a Hillary supporter to a Trump rally with an adorable golden retriever (and a Trump supporter to a Hillary rally with the same dog), pretending to be lost, to see what happened.

Reassuringly, people helped, regardless of their dislike of the political preferences of the person with the dog.

As the Free Beacon reported:

“I love that, apparently, when it comes to dogs, there’s no political party,” one Clinton supporter said.

“We do agree that we love dogs and dogs love us,” a Trump supporter noted.

“We have our differences but everyone loves dogs,” a man in a Reagan/Bush shirt said at the end of the video.

Of course, no one tested what would have happened had the dog in question been wearing a Hillary T-shirt or a Trump doggie sweater; and some people feel our relationships with our pets have gone too far as it is (“Stop calling your pets children!” screeched a recent New York magazine piece).

But if one adorable retriever can get people to come together without rancor at a partisan political rally, then perhaps there’s hope for the electorate—and post-election comity—after all. Maybe we don’t need to make America great again or mouth slogans about love trumping hate. We just need to let our country go to the dogs.

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