Friday, December 28, 2007


What is it with these guys. Every four years Presidential candidates head out into the fields, shotgun in hand, to show their "regular folk" and every four years they demonstrate instead their oafs. You'd think they'd get you can't pretend to be an everyday American once in a while when, well, you're just not.

In recent weeks we've had to listen to preppie Mitt Romney describe himself as a life long hunter only to discover he may or may not have shot at some mice sometime in his life. My money is on not only has he not even shot at "varmints" but it's unlikely he's ever even seen any.

And now comes along that Baptist Preacher Mike Huckabee in his orange coat upstaging the Mitt (which isn't hard) and showing he's just a good ole boy from Arkansas. Except this good ole boy missed some lessons from his dad or something and took the route of another well know regular guy and almost shot his hunting party (which in this case was the press).

Some guy named Dave commented, "I wasn't planning on voting for or supporting Huckabee. But after reading about him shooting at reporters, I might have to reconsider."

Now if Mike told us he meant to shoot at the press, I might buy it, but he didn't and I'm not buying it.

And then old Blair Gamer (you don't know him and neither do I but it doesn't matter) comments on the affair thusly, "I've hunted pheasants for 20 years, and if they kicked up a pheasant and it flew toward the reporters, and the reporters were 75 yards away, the pheasant would have been flying at such a low angle to the hunters by that time, probably in its landing glide, that the shot would almost surely have hit the reporters."

What to believe?

The bigger question remains, why do these guys spend so much time proving they hunt? What does being able to shoot a pheasant have to do with the Iraq war, taxes, recessions, the housing crisis, poverty, hunger, racism or anything else a President might have to worry about.

Maybe you think it's all about gun rights. I ain't buying that either. You can just tell us what you think without taking that always special middle of the campaign hunting trip.

No, methinks they want us to believe they're one of us and that they're real men (except Hillary, of course, who wants us to think she's either a super women or an everyday folksy girl...whatever). What they can't seem to get, because they're not one of us, is that we are smart enough to know they're not.

Shouldn't we all be insulted that the people who strive to run the country think we're so stupid that all they have to do is put on an orange cap and us yokel's will think they're with us?

But then George Bush was elected twice, so what do I know.

The following is from the
Say Anything blog.

“Life Long Hunter” Mike Huckabee Needs To Learn Muzzle Control
By Rob

He almost shot some journalists (is that really a bad thing? ok, sorry that was mean...):

From the blog The Swamp:

"Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadn’t invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. “Because I want to survive all the way through this,” Huckabee replied, in a chuckling dig at the vice president’s accidental shooting of a quail-hunting partner last year."

Any good sportsman, though, couldn’t miss a distinctly Cheneyesque moment in the press accounts of the former Arkansas governor’s morning hunt: At one point, Huckabee’s party turned toward a cluster of reporters and cameramen and, when they kicked up a pheasant, fired shotgun blasts over the group’s heads."

This, friends, is dangerously bad hunting form."

Your Swamp correspondent, the son of a longtime hunter education instructor, grew up plying the corn rows and stream banks of rural Oregon with a Labrador retriever and a Mossberg 20-gauge pump shotgun. On our hunts for pheasant, grouse and quail, merely swinging a gun barrel in the general direction of another person was grounds for day-long banishment to the truck."

I didn’t grow up hunting for birds in the midwest but rather hunting with my father for moose and caribou in my childhood home of Alaska, but my family’s rules were the same way. If you can’t control your weapon you don’t get to carry one. Gun safety on the hunt is always priority #1.

“Life long hunter” Mike Huckabee apparently didn’t learn this, which makes you wonder if he is simply the latest politician to don hunting clothes in Iowa for no other reason than a vain attempt to impress the rural voters there.

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