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November 02, 2006

Left's Latest Victim Shown Forcing His Way Past Allen's Bodymen

Hey, bodymen are there for a reason -- to keep people who may (or may not) mean the candidate harm a reasonable distance from the candidate. Even an assassin armed with a pistol will find his accuracy fairly low if he's a mere fifteen feet away from his target.

Hot Air has a series of photos showing Allen's guerilla stalker charging at the candidate.

Captain's Quarters says CNN's cameras should have caught this-- so why didn't we see it before? Where's CNN's video?

The Allen staffer pushed aside by Mike Stark ought to bring penny-ante assault charges against Stark (it is, technically, an assault) just for the purpose of subpoenaeing CNN"s footage -- and determining whether or not CNN deliberately omitted this portion of their footage from their reports.

AJ Strata offers three words to lefties who claim Allen's staffers acted inappropriately: Robert F. Kennedy.

"Bodyman:" I used that term because I'm not sure the guys shown here were actually "bodyguards" or Allen's security detail.

I knew a guy in politics, and he was a "bodyman," as he called it, for a fairly major candidate for President. (Well, not the actual nominee; a guy trying to become the nominee, who had an outside shot at it.)

From my limited understanding, a "bodyman" is s not really a bodyguard, he's just more of barrier between the public and the candidate.

Like, he wasn't armed, and he wasn't tough. But he was part of a moving escort keeping people (even friendly people) at a comfortable distance.

He also had political responsibilities, like being friendly and chatting up supporters. And just keeping supporters from mobbing a candidate, and keeping them from slowing him down from his next event/catching a plane, etc. And making the announcement "The candidate has to go now," so that the candidate can always appear like he desperately wants to stay and shake hands, it's just his mean staff preventing him from doing so.

He didn't say "bodyguard" because he really wasn't; he was part of the candidate's political staff who traveled and moved with him. Plus, I think "bodyguard" would seriously overstate his ability to handle a genuine security threat.

Anyway, that's why I used the word. Maybe they were actual security; maybe they were "bodymen." Not sure.

Correction: "The Professor" tells me RFK's "F" stood for "Francis," not Fitzgerald.

Hmmm... never knew that.

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