Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hunting for votes.

For just years now it has been customary for presidential candidates to go out and pretend to be good ol' boys with shotguns in order to cement their bona fides with the God, Guns, & Grits crowd and prove that they're worthy of sitting in Teddy Roosevelt's old office. This has led to scripted farces like Clinton's "duck hunting" in '92, and the painful sight of Kerry with a shotgun in his hands.

Now Holy Huckabee has, in the breathless words of CNN, gone hunting and actually "brought back three pheasants", demonstrating an unGorelike familiarity with at which end the bang occurs and startling the media. Their surprise at a GOP pol actually shooting something while hunting is a little puzzling; after all, didn't the Veep bag a lawyer last season? Huckabee's threat to dust with birdshot those who didn't vote for him was a new campaign tactic, however.

One wonders if Hillary is going to shoot anything while on the campaign trail (and please keep the Vince Foster cracks to yourself.)

7 comments:

Jay G said...

When that Gore picture first hit widespread distribution in the 2000 campaign, I actually had some joker tell me that Gore was only following the Army's instructions for adjusting the rifle sling.

Interestingly enough, he was unable to provide any documentation that the Army actually instructed their recruits to point their rifles at their own heads to adjust the sling...

Breda said...

I may just send an invite to Hillary - I am seriously considering it.

Chas S. Clifton said...

As a hunter, I wish that Huckabee would just go hunting, tell the press that he had an excellent time, and shut up thereafter. But he has to make little political jokies. Not that I would vote for him anyway.

I can easily imagine Hillary popping off a few rounds at a firing range, if she thought it would get her some votes. I bet she could talk the "female empowerment through gun ownership" talk if she were desperate enough.

Anonymous said...

The only way she'll ever get close to a weapon is if she gets the chance to pull a Fonda and help some 16-year-old in Iraq build an IED.

Anonymous said...

I may just send an invite to Hillary - I am seriously considering it.

Yeeesh! You're a brave one. Wear your body armor.

db

Diamondback said...

Maybe we could get Cheney to take Hillary hunting?

mediageek said...

So some presidential wannabe blows a couple of pheasants out of the sky.

BFD.

I'll be impressed when one of them shows up to a Service Rifle match with an AR15 or a USPSA match with a blown-to-the-gills racegun.