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December 28, 2011

Next Up For GOP – Santorum’s Pigeon Stew?

If hunting as a campaign photo op is nothing new, there still is the issue of timing and looking the part — which is something Kerry in 2004, as one example, badly failed to execute.

With the GOP campaign endlessly bound up in “anybody but X” and “savior of the month,” it’s easy to dismiss Rick Santorum’s expedition this week as standard fare. On the other hand, with Newt’s month in the sun on the fade and Santorum quicker on the jump off the Christmas lull, it seems the timing of the caucus and the pitch-perfect symbolism of Santorum’s hunting exhibition – replete with the visual dead aim, take-no-prisoners, sick-the-dogs, NRA juice, lone hunter at dawn, John Wayne rhetoric – makes this Rick’s best chance for a trophy.

And then, with Romney and Gingrich looking all-too-blue blood or 1%, maybe Santorum, and his pheasant soup, also gets a boost (at least for a week or so) as the GOP’s blue plate special.

Photographs by Jonathan Gibby who, even if it’s hard to tell, was part of a gaggle of shooters out on the hustings this week.

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  • marc sobel

    The GOP base song, what with the Mormon cult issue seems to be 
    I’m dreaming of a White Christian
    Just like the ones I used to know
    Whose wife’s teeth glisten 
    Whose children listen, to hate filled sound bytes that they know.

  • Glenn

    Man on dogs.

  • Anonymous

    Richard Bruce Cheney set the bar for Republican Hunting stories too high when he bagged an attorney at ten paces in the winter twilight at a south Texas game farm. Double props for the sitting vice president when Mr Whittington later apologized for the trouble his getting shot caused for Mr Cheney and his family.

  • DWhite

    Pheasant shooting is elitist. He would need to bag a deer to connect with the masses.

  • Anonymous

    What everyone else has already said.

    Also:  Killing defenseless creatures to “prove” *anything* is bullshit, and should have no place in the 21st century.

    Just sayin’…
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