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Thursday, November 15, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

What’s the first thing that jumps into your mind when you think “tea with the first lady of Arkansas”?

That’s right, heavy weaponry!

Via CNN: Mrs. Huckabee: 2-for-3 with a grenade launcher «

During an afternoon tea party at the elegant governor’s mansion in the capital of South Carolina, former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee told CNN she is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.

Huckabee, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said in an interview that she once shot a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp in Arkansas.

“I have fired a grenade launcher and hit the target two out of three times, so I think that’s pretty good odds for me,” she said, noting that she had a special interest in military matters and has also jumped out of an airplane, flown in an F-16 and shot an MP5 submachine gun.

At least some of the experiences in question came as the result of a visit to a National Guard Training Camp. In all honesty, given the chance to give the ol’ grenade launcher a whirl under controlled conditions, I’d do it, too. As such, I can’t fault Mrs. Huckabee for taking the chance. Still, the juxtaposition between having tea and talking about grenade launchers and automatic weapons is rather jarring.

Of course, such discussions don’t exactly dispel the notion that perhaps there is a bit of hick in southern politicians. And really, didn’t Dukakis teach us the folly of mixing military equipment and presidential politics?

(And no, I am not into guns, having fired handguns all of once probably 15 or more years ago. Still, the occasional ’splosion has its place).

h/t: John Cole

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  1. That’s pretty sweet–I am officially endorsing Huckabee.

    Comment by ratoe — Thursday, November 15, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

  2. I would just like to say that it is ridiculous to endorse a candidate just because they have fired a grenade launcher. I mean, seriously! That fact is completely irrelevant, and should be disregarded in making a political decision, except to take note that this republican’s wife seems to be pro war. Other then that, it is pointless to bother with such unimportant details.

    Comment by Greeneyedwitch — Thursday, November 15, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

  3. I would suggest that Greeneyewitch has no evidence from this incident that could allow her to legitimately label the former Arkansas First Lady as “pro-war”.

    Pro-gun…pro-military…pro-America, pro-Arkansas Army National Guard, perhaps.

    But I would venture that she is dishonest by making such a convoluted accusation with absolutely no evidence to support it.

    I am pro-victory against jihadist bastards of islam. I am NOT pro-war…I would prefer the terroristic thugs would leave innocent people alone. I hate war.

    But I also hate taking out the garbage. If I don’t, it builds up around me and infects everything around me.

    Think, for a change, eh?

    Comment by Al-Ozarka — Friday, November 16, 2007 @ 11:34 am

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