Oh, Whacking Day

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Richard Nixon was one of Eric Woolson’s more notable snake hunting instructors.

Mike Huckabee has some strange staffers:

Even Huckabee appears to have been caught unprepared by the sudden turn of events. His Iowa state director is in Costa Rica hunting snakes over the Thanksgiving weekend and won’t return to the state until tomorrow.

Um, right. This person appears to be Eric Woolson, who weirdly enough got his start in politics working as Joe Biden’s Iowa press secretary during his 1988 run. He then worked for Terry Branstad, the Republican governor there, in the mid-90s, and ran Bush’s communications operation in Iowa in 2000. And now he’s helping out Huckabee. And hunting snakes in Central America. Politics is a weird business.

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