Animals & Politics posts here on the strange election-year phenomenon of candidates trying to one-up each other when it comes to hunting prowess. It references this op-ed in the New York Times titled "A Bad Year to be a Mallard."
I still remember the awkward 2004 pictures of John Kerry in hunter's neon orange... he wasn't fooling anyone. There was also the Romney nonsense from this year where mainstream publications debated whether or not he truly could claim to be a hunter.
I agree with the sentiment in the A & P post that it seems like politicians that go to these lengths are out of touch with social trends. If you support second amendment rights, there's no need to shoot an animal to prove it - go to the gun range. Most people would be more impressed with a politician who "will show their compassion, instead, by visiting a local animal shelter, with the television cameras in tow, and adopting a dog or cat."