BEST JESSE VENTURA QUOTE (2001)
It's hard to hit a moving target, and when it comes to providing sound bites, Gov. Jesse Ventura doesn't sit idle for long. But it's hard to beat this early-April effort, which is still triggering nasty flashbacks to that Ice-T movie Surviving the Game. It stemmed from a Star Tribune column by Dennis Anderson, in which the outdoors writer cheesed off the governor by stating that Ventura doesn't "[understand] the importance of the state's woods, waters and fields" and implying that Department of Natural Resources commissioner--and Ventura appointee--Al Garber is a timid boob. (Garber, Anderson wrote, is the "antithesis" of many of his predecessors, whom the columnist described collectively as "highly competent, gutsy conservationist-leaders.") Ventura summoned Anderson to his office and embarked upon a bizarre line of questioning regarding his credentials as an outdoorsman. "You ever done military service?" the governor demanded to know. "You haven't? Well, Commissioner Garber and I have. He has two tours to Vietnam and I have one as a Navy SEAL and then 17 months in Southeast Asia, and I'll just tell you this: Until you hunted man, you haven't hunted yet. Because you need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know that your opposition can take you out. Not just go out there and shoot Bambi. Or go out into the field and shoot pheasants and things like that."