From Taylor Marsh at THE HUFFINGTON POST:
At the end of a defensive post about Sarah Palin’s hunting fiasco taped on her TLC show [Sarah Palin's Alaska], the Wall Street Journal blog finally admits to a final insult out of the whole sorry spectacle:
“True enough. It was a young cow, something most hunters would have passed up, looking for a more impressive trophy.”
The caribou she shot was a young cow.
It’s not going to help Sarah’s image, which in the latest McClatchy-Marist polling has the Tea Party queen trailing the pack.
Ohhhh, those pesky Democwats! They weawy make me angwy!
Sarah’s hunting stunt was a photo op, but I guess we can be glad she didn’t shoot someone in the face.
Among the basic items of protocol blithely ignored by Palin as she set off into the wilderness in a Rambo-style headband was her failure to take practice shots, or check the sights of the rifle, which duly turned out to be off-kilter. She failed to carry her own weapon, relying on her elderly father and his companion, Steve, to lug it around. When a beast eventually wandered into range, Ms Palin left Chuck Snr to load the rifle, and discharge spent bullet casings. – Hunter becomes the hunted as Palin critics say she can’t shoot
“Does it kick?” is now the question heard round the web. If Sarah was a Democrat, she’d be flayed for this fakery.
It seems not even her fans are willing to put up with Palin’s preening. From the UK Independent:
“What a joke,” wrote one viewer on Palin’s Facebook page. “I was a fan before the show. No one who is a true hunter lets others carry their rifle or can’t load their own shells. Sarah, you are a phony.”
“What kind of a question is that?” wrote a fan called Brad Schegel on Palin’s Facebook wall. “Doesn’t matter if it kicks or not, you shoot it the same. That was a girly question, momma griz.”
Sarah now becomes yet another in a long line of right-wing politicians who think it’s important to show she can shoot, when she actually is not only clumsy and tentative, but doesn’t respect the hunting of animals enough to make sure of the animal she’s shooting.
I won’t even get into the fact that she couldn’t catch one salmon in another Sarah Palin’s Alaska episode, in a scene that had the fish lined up for the hook.