Sarah Palin’s shooting of a caribou in front of a TV camera is still rankling the sort of people Sarah Palin enjoys rankling. The latest to bloviate about Palin’s hunting are Maureen Dowd, NY Times columnist, and Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood screenwriter.
Maureen Dowd was predictably catty about Sarah Palin, her hunting skills, and the fact that she personally kills animals for food.
“The female caribou could easily have escaped, since it took the Wasilla huntress six shots, two rifles and some help from her dad to bag her prey. (Giving credence to Levi Johnston’s contention that she isn’t all that proficient with guns.)
“But, inexplicably, the caribou just waited to get gunned down by Sarah Palin, who came across less like a pioneer woman than Private Benjamin with her camo, her French manicured nails, her cap that says (in pink) Girls And Guns, her 72-year-old father and her TLC reality show crew.
“Sarah checked her freezer at home before she flew 600 miles to the Arctic, trying to justify her contention that she needs to hunt to eat. Wasn’t it already stocked with those halibuts she clubbed and gutted in an earlier show?”
One hardly knows where to start in response to the spectacle of a New York lib making snarky comments on hunting and a lady’s grooming in the great outdoors. For one thing, Dowd was apparently not paying too much attention. It was obvious that the first rifle Palin was using had misaligned sights. But then, Dowd has likely never been in the same room as a hunting rifle, not to mention handled one.
Dowd meandered off into the caribou as metaphor for Barack Obama, suggesting that the President risks getting picked off by the Mama Grizzly if he doesn’t get a move on. Mind, that part of the article actually had a point.
While Maureen Dowd was being her usual catty, snarky self when it comes to a woman with not only more accomplishments than her, but better looking too, Aaron Sorkin, over on the West Coast, was leaping the length of his chain.
“I’m able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing. I’m able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.”
A good takeaway from this is that Sorkin is not going to develop a new TV show, “The West Wing: The Next Generation,” featuring a conservative female president who likes to hunt. It is also a good guess that Sorkin has never seen Animal Planet or the Outdoors Channel. On the former, animals rip apart and eat one another alive; no single shot to the heart here. On the latter, hunters like Palin regularly rhapsody about the joys of the chase and the perfect kill. Finally, it is too bad that Dick Cheney was not part of Palin’s hunting party. Liberals like Sorkin would find their heads exploding.
Sorkin is wide of the mark, by the way, with the Michael Vick analogy. Vick tortured animals. Sarah Palin kills them. Also, she killed a caribou, not a moose. Sorkin really reveals himself to be a city slicker tender foot who can’t even pay attention to a TV show.
Then there is this:
“So I don’t think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl. (I’m in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God’s country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.)”
A trailer? I suspect that a hair brush, a nail file, and a makeup compact sufficed to make Palin look good as she was potting away at the caribou. A lady remains a lady, even when she is being Diana the Huntress.
Sources: Pass the Caribou Stew, Maureen Dowd, New York Times, November 7th, 2010
In Her Defense, I’m Sure the Moose Had It Coming, Aaron Sorkin, Huffington Post, November 8th, 2010