Ventura's Latest Meltdown.
April 5, 2001 5:57 AM   Subscribe

Ventura's Latest Meltdown. Transcript is here. The folks in Minnesota are soooo proud. (via the ever-enjoyable MediaNews)
posted by darren (12 comments total)
Ventura: "Until you hunted man, you haven't hunted yet."

This guy's too wiggy even for the soon-to-be-dead XFL.
posted by darren at 6:01 AM on April 5, 2001

Funny, I thought that it was the alien who was hunting man.
posted by dhartung at 6:57 AM on April 5, 2001

Oh, is that all? I thought he had done something really bad.
posted by norm at 7:05 AM on April 5, 2001

spent 15 mins reading the entire transcript. got to the end and wondered what i'd missed....
nothing earth shattering there.
please tell me what i was missing?
posted by ron nasty at 7:19 AM on April 5, 2001

nothing earth shattering? maybe it's just me, but i found the constant repetition (lost count after five) of phrases like this:

"Because when you hunt the ultimate foe, which is man, who can shoot back, you're the best hunter on the planet"

just a tad bit disturbing. and coming from an elected leader, yeah, i'd say that's really, really problematic.
posted by judith at 9:18 AM on April 5, 2001

Yeah, or the fact that he interjects these repetitious phrases defending himself as a true hunter, while everyone else in the room is discussing his record on conservation while governor of Minnesota. It seems that Anderson [the reporter] knows how to paint himself out of a corner pretty well. In other words, how to rile Ventura up without making pointed allegations. But if not for guys like Wheelock on Ventura's side, people who actually know facts and can recite them on demand, Ventura would come across as a complete numbskull.

Which is the point, I suppose.

That part where he looks down at his jackal statuette in the corner, as if to say, "Hey buddy, you've seen me in office. I do a good job here, don't I?" is also telling. I think his sparkplug isn't firing quite right.
posted by legibility at 9:38 AM on April 5, 2001

weird thing is, I read the transcrpit on the STrib site before coming to see it at MeFi.

he mentions several times he was a navy seal, but a while ago I thought there was some controversy because he was not an actual seal, he just went through seal training. But saying "navy seal" packed more marketing punch so he went for that. anyway...

he just seems so touchy and defensive.
posted by chrismc at 10:04 AM on April 5, 2001

Heh. I blogged that. Here's your link.
posted by norm at 10:37 AM on April 5, 2001

norm, you're that's pretty cool. I found cursor before I found metafilter. I loved your standups behind local news live reports.

thanks for the link.
posted by chrismc at 10:47 AM on April 5, 2001

Oh, lord, I wish. No, I found the link from my archives, because I had blogged it last month. Sheesh.
posted by norm at 11:12 AM on April 5, 2001

ah, sorry, turning red now.
it's just that cursor is a minneapolis person, and when you said "I blogged" I got confused,

kind of like 16 candles, "you own a church?"

continue discussing jesse's antics...
posted by chrismc at 11:53 AM on April 5, 2001

Um, it doesn't read from here like Ventura was wigging out. In fact, that sure looks from here like a normal backroom argument, with the requisite amounts of repetition, small character attacks, eye-rolling and chest-beating. It all looks above the belt from here.

I know nothing of Minnesota politics or conservation, but I've been in arguments that heated before, and after the first few minutes, everything seems to be above the belt.

That Anderson fella sure held his own, though.
posted by chicobangs at 12:56 PM on April 5, 2001

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