Maureen Dowd’s column in the NYT is the first I have seen that mentions the “Deer Hunter” movie. She says Pennsylvania is Deer Hunter country. What does this mean if it’s not something weird having to do with bitterness and guns. Is it common for Pennsylvanians to play Russian roulette? Do they just naturally love Russian roulette like they love their God? Did Maureen and Hillary learn to play Russian roulette with their dads out behind the vacation cabins their grandfathers built? I don’t think the characters in Deer Hunter would have been playing Russian roulette if they hadn’t been messed up by the Vietnam war and faced a pretty depressing situation at home in Pennsylvania.

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