AN ARTICLE THAT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT POLITICS What's The Point?
By P.J. O’Rourke
As if anything could take anybody’s mind off politics the week before the election. I meant to spend a few days without having any political thoughts. Yet political thoughts – like the ruffed grouse, woodcock, and pheasants I was hunting – kept popping up in the woods, the same way politicians keep popping up in the media. I was tempted to start pretending the birds I was shooting at were certain politicians. I didn’t do that. My aim might have been better if I had. But I don’t believe in shooting politicians. For one thing, they’re hard to clean. Also, shooting politicians would be wrong... Although, it might be OK to trap them... using humane Havahart live-catch traps, of course. Then you could release the politicians in some distant political wilderness (let’s call it a “Lowlife Refuge”). Set them loose, for example, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, which I understand is currently unoccupied. T he week before the election, I went bird hunting... to take my mind off politics.
Photograph of P.J. O'Rourke and Clio by Frank Saul.
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