I am not a fan of Sarah Palin.
I do not believe she is all that smart, and she endorsed Big Government Republican John McCain for Senator over a smaller government Republican J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona primary. (I don’t care that she “owed” McCain for picking her as his running mate. We make choices. She chose to support a guy who represents everything that is wrong with the GOP. She gets to live with that choice).
But I am not going to criticize her for hunting.
I applaud her for it. New York Times columnist Maureen O’Dowd, however, the walking, talking personification of an out-of-touch, white-wine sipping, Manhattan-high-rise-living limousine liberal, has no such qualms. (See “Pass the Caribou Stew“
Ms. O’Dowd, the living, breathing caricature of East Coast Elitism, has taken Ms. Palin to task. O’Dowd quotes Palin from her made-for-tv reality show:
“My dad has taught me that if you want to have wild, organic, healthy food,” she pontificated, “you’re gonna go out there and hunt yourself and fish yourself and you’re gonna fill up your freezer.”
O’Dowd, who apparently thinks her Kobe beef burgers come from some mystical magical factory, asks:
Does Palin really think the average housewife in Ohio who can’t pay her bills is going to load up on ammo, board two different planes, camp out for two nights with a film crew and shoot a caribou so she can feed her family organic food?
Why, no, Ms. O’Dowd, she does not.
While there are no caribou in Ohio, they certainly have deer. They also have wild turkey (no, Ms. O’Dowd, not the bourbon
, the actual bird), squirrel, dove, grouse, ducks, rabbit, pheasant, quail and wild boar. All of these things are tasty. And “organic.” All of them are hunted in Ohio
. Probably even by the occasional average housewife. No plane ride is required, not even one.
The spectacle of Ms. O’Dowd speaking on the subject of “average housewives” is, by itself, a laugh riot. It is akin to Michael Moore speaking on the subject of “capitalism.” Neither has been in the presence of either.
There is plenty about which to ridicule Ms. Palin. Hunting is not among them.