I am reflecting on this kerfluffle (to use James Taranto's word) about the hunting accident--I think it was Charlie who, in an earlier post, really pointed out this is the difference between city folk and country folk. I started hunting (birds only) when I was 21--hunted grouse and woodcock in West Point, chukars in the northwest, pheasant in nebrasks etc. I learned about shotguns, loads, hunting with or without dogs and genuinely exhulting in the fall hunting experience in wooded coverts through this country. This whole story is really a red state-blue state symbol; not the divide that exists, but another divide about what red state people do for recreation and what blue state people don't do.
Can anyone who has ever been afield hunting game birds in the fall not fail to understand exactly what happened in Texas? The vice president's story resonates with any hunter who has ever walked up on a covey of quail, or a ruffed grouse, or another game bird holding tight--you can hear them twittering in the brush--moving, , rustling--you can see the dogs stiffening, you can smell the brush, the fall woods, the clean smell of outdoors--and then the covert explodes with birds--that honestly is what it is like, quail flush out, woodcock flush up, grouse flush all over--and anyone who has ever hunted knows that--we understand the risks; we dress accordingly, we understand gun safety and we bemoan an accident--but accidents do happen; they are regretably but they do happen.
But the scene I just described is absolutely unknown to the blue staters, or the press--the convert a very exalting experience into a trite and trivial political statement: it is simply about politics, process, feelings, and political advantage-
And I honestly believe, this is why it will be a cold day in hell before the democrats ever see majority status in this country again.
Yes--as the nattering nabobs of negativism have pointed out, "THIS IS A METAPHOR;" but it is not a metaphor for the reasons they think; it is a metaphor for the difference between the political poles in this country. It defines the differences between the red staters and the blue staters; between the press and the people.
This whole incident will fade in short order; but it, to me, is a genuine snapshot of how far this country is divided.