Ted Nugent is back! Does Mitt Romney wish he'd zip it? (+video)(Read article summary)
Ted Nugent returned to the limelight Friday, insisting on a CBS show that he's a moderate, Romney-backing, 'nice guy' who takes children with serious illnesses on fishing trips. Somehow, though, his demeanor probably isn't reassuring to independent women voters.
Ted Nugent is back, and he’s still talking like that, if you know what we mean. On a “CBS This Morning” appearance Friday, the "Motor City Madman" took umbrage at the suggestion that he isn’t a moderate, yelled that he is “a perfect human being ... who stumbles perfectly,” and bemoaned the fact that “political correctness has somehow metastasized into the decisionmakers of the military.”
OK, let’s back up a second, shall we? A few weeks ago, Nugent was in trouble for calling top Obama officials “criminals” and for saying that if President Obama wins reelection “I will either be dead or in jail this time next year.”
This resulted in a visit from the Secret Service. It’s illegal to threaten the life of the US president, and, as we’ve written before, the agency devotes considerable resources to following up public comments that could be construed as calling for presidential harm. Call it the first line of defense.
Mitt Romney got dragged into this, as some Democrats called on him to denounce a guy they called a “Romney surrogate.” Yes, Nugent publicly endorsed Mr. Romney earlier this year. But “surrogate”? This is a guy who once labeled an album “Tooth, Fang, and Claw.” We’re pretty sure he’s not interested in representing anyone’s opinions but his own.
This doesn’t mean he’s not causing Romney problems. A guy who wears camouflage everything and calls liberals “brain dead,” as he did on CBS Friday, is not winning over independent female voters. At this point, the Romney people probably would prefer that Nugent stick to promoting his new line of hunting ammunition.