In Texas, it’s almost impossible for politicians to shock – Rick Perry is known for childish gunplay; Senator Dan Patrick brags about carrying a firearm in the Texas capitol. Innumerable Republicans relish abusing women’s, minorities’, seniors’, and poor peoples’ rights, and work tirelessly to beat Mississippi to the bottom in most all societal measures. One of the most frequent things they do, though, appears designed to offend as many people as possible (except for their mouth breathing base): they love to invite aging, washed up rocker, Ted Nugent, to political events. For example, Steve Stockman, one of the biggest bomb throwers in the US House, callously invited Nugent to the 2013 State of the Union address by President Obama just days after the tragedy at Newtown. In a youTube video made with Nugent at the time, Stockman referred to the families of gun violence victims as “useful idiots“. Nugent is well known for being a pal of Democrat-turned-teabagger Rick Perry, and performed at Perry’s last (and, thankfully, final) gubernatorial inauguration wearing a confederate flag shirt and trash talking everyone with whom he disagreed.
Nugent is not just some idiot redneck (even though those are his dominate qualities), he’s on the board of directors of the NRA, speaks regularly at gun shows around the country, and is generally known for being a hateful bigot. Nugent is from Detroit, and was widely known during his actual career as the Motor City Madman. Oddly, Texas Republicans have become obsessed with this non-Texan, and regularly involve him in gatherings of weirdos and screwballs, inviting him to come and spread a little hate to gin up the base. Greg Abbott, heir apparent to become chief engineer of the Texas crazy train, has followed in his predecessors’ footsteps by inviting Nugent to campaign with him.
Let’s summarize, uncensored, some of Nugent’s finest moments, starting with his most recent gun show interview:
I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America. I am heartbroken but I am not giving up. I think America will be America again when Barack Obama, [Attorney General] Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Dick Durbin, [former New York City Mayor] Michael Bloomberg and all of the liberal Democrats are in jail facing the just due punishment that their treasonous acts are clearly apparent.
So a lot of people would call that inflammatory speech. Well I would call it inflammatory speech when it’s your job to protect Americans and you look into the television camera and say what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans. What difference does that make? Not to a chimpanzee or Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn’t matter.
In that same interview, he said about Sec. Hillary Clinton, “Our politicians check their scrotum in at the door. Even Hillary, but obviously she has spare scrotums.”
This is nothing. Here’s a summary of some of his greatest hits:
“I`m a fun guy, not a sexist or a racist. I use the word n*gger a lot because I hang around with a lot of n*ggers.”
On South Africans:
“Apartheid isn`t that cut and dry. All men are not created equal. The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I`m one of
them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands. These are different people. You give `em toothpaste, they f**king eat it … I hope they don`t become civilized. They`re way ahead of the game.”
It goes on and on, including regularly threatening the lives of the President and the First Lady.
In a normal state, hateful clowns like Nugent would be shunned and ignored. In Texas, he’s revered, and been asked to campaign in person with Abbott. For those of you who don’t know about Abbott, he’s our Attorney General here in Texas; but, rather than working to protect the rights and lives of Texans, Abbott has taken on the mantel of chief Obama hater, and is well known for saying, “I go into the office in the morning. I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home.” He’s also become the chief warrior in the assault against non-existent voter fraud, and a leader in Texas’ war on women.
If fits, then, that Greg Abbott would invite Nugent to appear on the same stage with him in campaign appearances. The big question, though is, Why? Nugent certainly whips up Abbott’s base, since radical right wingers love a little thinly veiled bigotry. If the primary was hotly contested, with Republicans trying to out-crazy each other, I could see why bringing in the Big Bigot might help; but Abbott is the presumptive nominee and already has the Nugent Block. Will sharing the podium with Ted Nugent convince possible Wendy Davis voters to cross over and vote for Abbott? Certainly not; the risk of offending normal Texans with his presence is huge, but I don’t believe Abbott cares. It only takes one a few minutes perusing his Facebook page and website to understand that Abbott has morphed from normal politician to fire breathing ultra-conservative, complete with perpetuating every fake issue that has been peddled by the national GOP. Like Rick Perry, he believes he doesn’t need the votes of independents and centrist Democrats. Such is the state of politics in Texas; rather than wanting to be governor for all Texans, he only wants to be governor of the tea party. Sad.