October 21, 2004

Defending America from a fowl threat

(c) AP photo via CNN

For those who say that there is no difference between the U.S. and Canada.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry went on a politically targeted hunt Thursday, looking for waterfowl and voters who might harbor doubts about him.

Wearing a camouflage jacket and carrying a 12-gauge shotgun, Kerry left on a hunt of ducks and geese on a supporter's farm outside of Youngstown. Kerry adviser Mike McCurry said it's important in the final days of the campaign that voters "get a better sense of John Kerry, the guy." [source: CNN.com]

Can you imagine Paul Martin or Stephen Harper running off to Northwestern Ontario, with the press in tow, to bag a moose a few days before the federal election in Canada?

If you believe in the high stakes of this election, then there's at least a chance that the poor goose gave its life, albeit unwillingly, for a better cause than random sport (you know, the reason Kerry normally shoots birds). Still, you have to think that if Kerry's election prospects really depend on going out to kill a bird, that's pretty disturbing.

Posted by anatole at October 21, 2004 08:33 AM

Hey, wait! That looks like a CANADA goose. Kerry hates Canada!


P.S. If the Western vote counted more, yes, I really could see Martin and Harper doing a staged hunt event.

Posted by: Alasdair at October 21, 2004 03:10 PM

At least he wasn't on a jet-ski...

Posted by: Lana at October 25, 2004 10:08 AM

(insert long series of swear words here because I hit the "cancel" button on a note I just wrote here, rather than "post")

Sorry, I don't have the energy to re-iterate in full sentences what I wrote and lost. So, here goes:
a) I have no beef with Kerry hunting
b) Hunting like this, if sustainable in terms of numbers, can help to preserve wetlands, can't it? Similar issue to fox hunting in England, without the class divide
c) It is cheesy for him to use this personal hobby as a vote-getter... this is everywhere in politics.
d) There are five million registered hunters with guns in France (I seem to remember reading that somewhere)... so this may not be as particularly American as you think. "Spot... shoot... catch... eat..." turns out to be universally appealing.

Anyway, I like the increased occurrence of your postings!



Posted by: George at October 26, 2004 12:20 AM