It’s been awhile since I have posted thanks to campaign-related work in West Virginia. But while I was there, I stumbled on to something, well, exceptional.

Parked in the lot at the Holiday Inn Express in Charleston were a bevy of black Pontiac Trans-Ams, tricked out to resemble the car Burt Reynolds drove in Smokey and the Bandit.

That’s right. T-top black Trans Ams. And just how cool is that?

Charleston is a stopover for Bandit Run ’08, a road rally that runs from Ohio to Georgia, presumably in more time than the Bandit and the Snowman had to pick up and deliver those cases of Coors.

Since I was there covering the Democratic race, of course, we have to relate this item somehow to the West Virginia primary. So here’s an homage to the theme song of the film, recast in modern terms.

Two hundred delegates down, loaded up and runnin’
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done
We got a long way to go and a short time to get there
She might be down, but watch ol’ Clinton run.

Keep your foot hard on the pedal…girl, never mind them brakes
let it all hang out cause we’ve got a run to make
The votes are there in West Virginia and there’s more in Appalachia
and we’ll bring them back no matter what it takes

Two hundred delegates down, loaded up and runnin’
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done
We got a long way to go and a short time to get there
She might be down, but watch ol’ Clinton run.

Those DC boys got the pressure on, but they ain’t on the trail
And they ain’t gonna rest until you bail
So you gotta dodge ’em…. you gotta duck ’em
You’ve gotta keep that campaign truckin….
just put that hammer down and give it hell

Somewhere, Jerry Reed is NOT smiling.

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