Ted Nugent may yet turn out to be the Jerry Sandusky of the aging rocker community. Like Sandusky, he’s surrounded by true believers who ignore a shrieking smoke alarm because they think he’s fireproof.
Daily Kos is unapologetically a progressive site, so I read this post by Bill Schmalfeldt assuming that there was a slant in the claim that Mitt Romney sought Nugent’s blessing. I can see where a candidate might have problematic endorsers and find it politically awkward to get some distance from them. I pictured Mitt Romney kind of wincing as he said, ‘thank you for your support.’
But Bill at Kos links to the Texas Tribune, and here it is…
Nugent described himself as an “improvise, adapt, and overcome” guy and said he doesn’t begrudge Romney for positions he has taken in the past. For example, while Nugent admits to being “offended and repulsed” when Romney signed off on an assault weapons ban during his time as governor, he understood the context given Romney’s location at the time.
“He was in Massachusetts,” Nugent said. “He wasn’t in America.”
It was on a phone call with the candidate earlier today that Nugent gave his blessing. He talked to Romney by phone while he was at a sporting goods store in Michigan “celebrating the orgy of guns and ammos and bows and arrows and camouflage clothing and hunting and fishing and outdoor family supplies.”
Before endorsing him, Nugent demanded that Romney pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on Second Amendment rights in his administration. Romney obliged. Nugent also warned Romney about the “out of control” U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Now, I notice that this is Nugent’s version which might be just a little grandiose. MSNBC asks the question, ‘who called whom’? Did Romney draft Nugent, or is Romney just stuck with Nugent now?
Nugent is popular with part of the base, but he’s heavy baggage. From Suzi Parker at the Washington Post…
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s camp tepidly denounced Nugent’s comments about Obama, [which he will be explaining to the Secret Service] but has said nothing so far about his comments on Schultz and Pelosi. “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”
When Nugent endorsed Romney in March, his son, Tagg Romney, tweeted, “Ted Nugent endorsed my Dad today. Ted Nugent? How cool is that?! He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on team Mitt!”
So okay, the Romney camp was outraged that Hillary Rosen, who is not even in the Obama administration, snarked about Ann Romney never needing to work outside the home. The White House disowned that statement. Will Mitt Romney’s campaign disown Nugent’s profane and hateful statements about women in government? Will Romney even acknowledge that Massachusetts is part of the United States? Do they really want this guy on ‘team Mitt’?
A mild plea for everyone to talk nice is not an answer to a gun-waving draft-dodger who has at least one flamingly inappropriate relationship with an underage girl, who is telling the press that you came begging for his blessing. I’m almost starting to miss the pious ‘family values’ Republican Party. I think Newt and Rush drove a stake though that. Ted Nugent is a nasty piece of work.
Read the rest of Daily Kos here.