December 27, 2007

John posted a story from The Huckster's hunting trip earlier this week, and now details of a disturbing incident that occurred that day are starting to come out. Apparently, Huckabee was asked by one of the reporters following him that day why he didn't invite Dick Cheney along for the hunting trip and he joked, because he wanted to "survive all the way through this." But, near the end of the hunt, as a pheasant got up and flew toward the onlooking reporters, Huckabee and his fellow hunters turned toward them, aimed and fired their guns right over their heads -- a cardinal sin of hunting.

Photo and more via The Washington Post:

Around 9:30 a.m., before the rest of the candidates were set to spend the day crisscrossing the Hawkeye State, Huckabee took an hour and a half to hunt pheasant in Osceola, about an hour's drive from Des Moines.

The former Arkansas governor, who has surprised the rest of GOP field with his front-runner status here, was the first candidate to hold an event the day after Christmas. Flanked by about a dozen reporters, he wore a microphone from CNN as he went shooting, with Dude, his 3-year-old bird dog, and Chip Saltzman, his campaign manager, at his side.

In the first 30 minutes, Huckabee, Saltzman and a friend shot three birds. Their last shot flew over the heads of reporters, one of whom cried out: "Oh my God! Oh my God! Don't shoot. This is traumatizing." Read on...

As someone who almost lost a close family member in a hunting accident, this kind of mindless and ignorant behavior enrages me. In what can only be considered a huge gaffe by Huckabee, abandoning proper safety procedures and putting the lives of others at risk -- just to show off in front of reporters -- shows a profound lack of judgment on his part. This man wants to be our president and have control over our nuclear weapons. Don't we get enough of this kind of behavior from our current president?

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