Gunnin’ for Votes

From the Associated Press:

LADSON, S.C. (AP) — White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show “a day in paradise,” and said he wished he could come back to spend more time and money.

It was the former Tennessee senator and “Law and Order” actor’s second trip to a gun show since launching his late bid for the GOP nomination in September.

Original DVD cover.

He reached out and picked up an old M-1 Garand rifle and raised an over-and-under Winchester shotgun suitable for the skeet shooting he’s been known to do as he made his way through the 200 vendors at The Land of the Sky Gun Show at a fairgrounds just outside of North Charleston, S.C.

“It’s a beautiful day in paradise,” Thompson said when greeted by one of the people packing the show’s aisles.

Ummmmm, paradise? In his vision of the Garden of Eden, there are holsters where fig leaves should be? Oh, dammit! Back to Photoshop!
Original art by Albrecht Durer.
From The New York Times:

“Giuliani scares me,” Mr. McCormick said of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “What does a mayor of New York know about guns?”


Mr. Thompson has been assiduously courting voters like Mr. McCormick, in stops in New Hampshire on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday, but also in Florida just as he was beginning his quest for the White House.

As Mr. Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, struggles to make up for what even his supporters call a lackluster campaign, gun owners passionate about the right to bear arms is one group Mr. Thompson is counting on to bolster his efforts.

While many of those interviewed here had not made up their minds, and could say little about where Mr. Thompson stood on issues beyond gun rights, there was a reservoir of good will for the fellow Southerner.


Mr. Thompson is increasingly highlighting the fact that two main rivals, Mr. Giuliani and Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, hail from the Northeast.

After the gun show, Mr. Thompson, jokingly referred to one reporter as a “Yankee” before challenging Mr. Giuliani on what he said was a recent conversion to supporting gun owners’ rights. “He never met a gun-control bill he didn’t like until he started to run for president,” Mr. Thompson said.


The Thompson campaign has always viewed South Carolina as a must-win state. While Mr. Thompson still does well in the polls here, he has plummeted in the ones in New Hampshire — now ranking behind Representative Ron Paul of Texas — and is lagging in Iowa, well behind Mr. Romney and Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas.


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6 responses to “Gunnin’ for Votes

  1. Friend of the court

    An old fart Republican with a shot gun, what could ever go wrong, there?

  2. nonnie9999

    😆 maybe we can ask some of dick cheney’s hunting buddies.

  3. nightowl724

    Terrific cover, nonnie. but I do have one suggestion. Instead of flashing a police officer’s badge sporting “Law and Order,” Fred should be wielding a medical medallion, warning those around him of his “Flaw and Disorder!”

    True story. Two weeks ago, my son was going to see a dentist we had never met before. This dentist is 40 minutes from my “home in the rural red zone,” but the closest one my new insurance covers.

    Going to the dentist can be frightening enough, but this guy’s walls were plastered with huge pictures of Bush, Coast Guard memorabilia, and flags as well as numerous “Christian” prayers for America, Bush, and the troops. He even had a presidential plaque citing him for his “Outstanding Service in the War on Terror.” It didn’t say what he did to earn it…

    One of the patients there with us was a beefy, middle-aged woman. She was wearing a T-shirt that featured a skeleton wearing a US flag bandanna, a rifle, and a pistol. It said, “Shoot ’em all. Let God figure it out.” Her male companion was similarly garbed.

    We stayed just long enough to get a good look at the dentist, in case we might meet him on the street or something. Plus, maybe he would be better than the image his office projected. Not.

    He was every bit as creepy, nasty, and dangerous looking as we expected! He forbade me in the room with my son – or even to meet with or talk to him; I literally had to bully and push my way in. “No parents allowed. Period.” is his policy. Imagine! At best, think “military recruiter.” At worst, think “Marathon Man.”

    The whole experience was surreal. My usually reserved 16-yr-old had his hand on his pocket knife the whole time. There was absolutely NO WAY I would have allowed this man to treat my son or me! We’ve been spooked ever since.

    I reported this dentist to the insurance company. They yawned…

  4. nonnie9999

    ewwww! i am deathly afraid of dentists, and i immediately thought of marathon man when you started your story and especially when you go to the plaque thanking him for his help in the gwot. i hope you can find another dentist.
    as for the “badge”–i know that it is very small (these things cannot be helped), but it is not a badge at all. instead, it is the screen actors guild logo. it is a double joke, as grampa fred is supposed to hate unions since he is a rethug, and everything on him sags.
    p.s. did you look over adam’s shoulder and see the picture? i have no idea what it was in the original, but it looked like a picture frame to me. in case you can’t read it, it says beware underneath it.

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