In the most controversial op-ed I've read today, Keith Koffler at Politico says that cats are Republicans. And dogs are Democrats. Here's how his argument begins:
When cats are born, they believe they are in a state of liberty, and from then on they are determined to keep it that way. No one tells them what to do. They don’t believe it takes a village, because they know they might have to take instructions from the village idiot in the local government.
And, sorry if you’ve got one and you’re a Republican — but dogs are liberal Democrats. Some are possibly Socialists, though probably none will ever admit it.
Dogs are communal by nature. They run in packs. They dream of their days as wolves, sharing responsibilities.
I don't know. Something sounds fishy. (My fish are Constitution Party, for what it's worth.)
While I prefer cats to dogs (although growing up out West, my cats were always the type to chase the dogs), I've always believed felines have a sense of entitlement. Dogs, on the other hand, work for their keep even into old age. They're loyal. Deeply conservative creatures. Cats are elitists. They love drugs (well, catnip). Clearly they're liberals.
What do you think? Is Koffler right? Are cats Republicans? It might explain why Rich Lowry and Margaret Thatcher prefer them. And why do I imagine Claire sitting with one of her kitties, stroking his fur and laughing right now?