Yes, it’s been a while since anyone’s brought up the Great Coyote Controversy of Twenty-Ten, the one where Gov. Rick Perry told a reporter he shot a coyote while out jogging when that coyote was looking to make a puppy a snack.
But you know, when you run for president, all kinds of things come up. Your long-form birth certificate. Your migraines. Your bimbo eruptions. And, well, your jogging with a Ruger. Carol Flake Chapman, one of Vanity Fair’s founding editors,Â dissects Perry’s story for The Daily Beast – right down to his choice of weapon, and comes up with one conclusion: Seriously?
But first she takes on the premise that he jogs with a gun because he’s afraid of snakes:
Perry told the reporter that he happened to be packing his pistol, loaded with hollow-point bullets, because he’s afraid of snakes, which raises a number of issues. First of all, the incident was supposed to have happened in February, during an unusually cold winter in Austin. It was the eighth-coldest February on record in Austin, and I can tell you it was damned cold that winter, and not the kind of weather when snakes are active.
And, well, she then looks at his choice of ammo for snakes, his choice of gun, and what coyotes do when confronted.