8:50pm April 17, 2012

Ted Nugent, the Secret Service and a Nutty Shot at Relevance


Throughout the course of this presidential election cycle, you will be bombarded by outlandish rhetoric from a wide range of surrogates and spectacled speakers from across the political spectrum supporting their candidate of choice.

Ignore them.

Take Ted Nugent for example, and many others like him who are sure to follow on both the left and the right.  Nugent, envious that his fellow conservative talking heads enjoy the instant viral spontaneity of large media outlets blasting their best knock-Obama routines, looks for a new spotlight.  He throws out some instant gems, as seen here in a recent video eagerly released by the DNC:

The Secret Service jumps into it, obviously needing something to shake the paparazzi circus that’s hounded it since Columbia.  But, that’s what they’re supposed to do anytime anyone says they’ll be ”dead or in jail by this time next year” if the President gets re-elected.  What did he mean by that?

This is what happens when you mix politics and entertainment.  You get washed-out, no-name celebrities with either too much time on their hands or too much self-inflicted bankruptcy.  Or lost entertainers who’ve lost their multi-million record sale appeal and use ideology and partisan snaps to re-inject themselves into the national conversation.

In fact, half the time, you don’t even know them until they say something off the wall about the President or his wife. They eventually end up at National Rifle Association conventions looking for a marketing nut and unknowing working class, trigger-happy average White Joes to follow.

Yet another forgotten rocker or balding real estate mogul taking advantage of the election cycle to boost his brand, perhaps in search of a reality show contract – or to end up on the balding real estate mogul’s reality show.  Yearning for attention, he figures he’ll do it at the President’s expense.  But, over time, unpredictable surrogates dancing to their own tune will end up hurting the candidates, such as Nugent’s fellow Michiganer Mitt Romney.  Not that Romney gets kicks from publicly calling the President “vile” and “evil,” but it can have the unwanted effect of quickly painting the candidate in an unseemly light.

Predictably, the DNC shot back (no pun), pushed it out to media-land, and offered an outraged party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statement. “Romney’s surrogates should know better than to rally the troops with outrageous rhetoric that is unacceptable in our political debate,” growled Schultz.  ”Mitt Romney must condemn Nugent’s violent and hateful rhetoric immediately, as it has no place in our political discourse or this campaign.”

Of course, Romney won’t do that.  But, what will happen is an incessant back-and-forth, tit-for-tat over who said what and why – more than likely triggered by wing-nuts on the right with an occasional nut from the left to balance out the news cycle.  Sadly enough, there won’t be any real substantive policy exchanges, just political talking point gimmicks, book launch tours and casting calls for cable TV.  You won’t know the candidates’ platforms, but you’ll know all about what their supporters said the other day.

Don’t be surprised, though, if Team Romney campaign hacks quietly message test it.

About the Author

Charles Ellison
Charles D. Ellison, Managing Editor for Politic365.com, Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune and a weekly political analyst providing insight on WDAS-FM (Philadelphia), WVON-AM (Chicago) and KSRO-AM (Sonoma County, CA). He is author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM. More information can be found at http://www.cdellison.com



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  3. Larry Linn

    “Dead or in Jail!” Either way, good riddance Ted!

  4. MrUniteUs

    There have been 20 attempts to kill American presidents.

    Romeny sought out Nugents endorsment. He should reject Nugents endorsement
    and Republicans should dis-invite Nugent to future political events. No American
    especially those seeking political office should tolerate this.

  5. keith

    ted has the guts to say what he thinks, he's a good American, and believes in our rights. I don't think he's off target……and he's not alone in the way he thinks.

  6. Evelyn Bush

    words spoken and no action taken got the Governor of Illinois 14 years in jail, I thought it was unjust. A poor white lady won the lottery and keept getting foods stamps and got arrested, and taken to jail, but a White man in Florida killed an unarmed youth and was not arrested. Is justice really blind, maybe justice need some glasses.

  7. kafantaris

    It looks like Mitt Romney just found the perfect running mate: Ted Nugent.

  8. Sherrod

    I think Ted said it just perfectly….Finally someone with the guts to say it outloud, i loved it!

  9. MizzR

    Ted who? I mean, seriously, the guy can't give his records away.

    And why would a "clean" guy like Romney seek the endorsement of a has-been who's famous for obscene, mysogenist trash?

  10. Cliff

    Go ahead Ted, I agree with your stand on our constitution. The last 2 liberal Democratic presidents have been trying to get rid of what our country was founded on: God and Freedom. He is speaking his mind on the important issues. I saw nothing "violent" about anything that he said. They (The Liberal Dems) just want to shut him up so they can continue with their "Communist" plan. What happened to "Freedom of Speech"? Oh yeah, that's the first right we are losing, what's next? Come on people, open your eyes. It's not about 'who' said it, it's about what is being said. “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” I want my freedom. I can supply my own security. Hey, Ted Nugent for President. He's got a whole lot more sense than who's in there now.

  11. Dave D

    really Romney should dis-avow Ted… and Obama should Dis avow…

    Do I really need to state the whole list… from Black Panthers to Muslim Brotherhood and those are just 2 during his Presidency…

    What Obama and the left fear – is Ted is Right and like the tea party movement they so tried to diminish with jokes and dis respect… They fear Ted is saying what many quietly think and Ted will call them to the polls to voice their peaceful opposition in a tea party like manner – by a landslide Obama will lose – that is their fear – this election will not be about why Romney is better – it will be about anyone is better than Obama

    They create Ted's power against Obama by showing how extreme they will go to quiet 1 voice – by any means necessary – through Federal Prosecution of obscure laws the sate doesn't even want to prosecute…

    Obama shows his weakness and his failure to be a leader – by leading with an iron fist rather than conceptual thoughts to make the points… Just shows this whole Administration was driven by a core belief in Change into something we were told was different but is becoming something we really don't want at all…

    Ted just is saying it in the typical Ted style… They made a mistake turning Ted into the enemy – this fight they will lose Badly – America loves the Underdog – especially when Ted is so right!

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