TBogg on Ted Nugent as a Campaign Prop

TBogg has a hilarious column about Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott using Ted Nugent as a campaign prop despite his long history of saying violent, bigoted and appalling things, not to mention his love of “jailbait” and penchant for shitting his pants to avoid the draft.

A member of the brain trust that is running Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign thought it would be a cool beans idea to invite the former Damn Yankees gee-tar picker to campaign for the governor because, obviously, Abbott needed to shore up his rightward flank lest the if-it-moves-shoot-it, if-it’s-young-hump-it, racist, homophobic, mens rights lunatic base suddenly go wobbly at the first glance of Wendy Davis’ pink shoes…

The Abbott campaign has been spent this not-over-yet week fending off questions about the Nuge’s hankering for the young ladies and his regurgitation of hip-hop happenin’ Nazi punchlines, and not whatever the hell Abbott is running on, We assume getting ‘gubmint’ out of peoples lives and back into ‘wimmen-folks’ uteruses where it belongs. Also, probably something about the Alamo.

Boss move, you guys. Someone deserves a raise and a yee-haw.

Now we’ve got Wendy Davis fund-raising on Ted Nugent’s camo-clad back, reminding women that he likes to refer to women in office as “varmints,” “fat pigs” and “dirty whores.”

You’ve got Ted, his own bad self, faking illness and running away from Erin Burnett (“Burnett revealed that Nugent had canceled the interview two hours before it was scheduled to air, citing illness.”) like she was the draft board.

To be fair, he was probably running away from Erin Burnett because she’s too old for him, being an adult and all.

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  • raven

    I’m not sure that the word “hilarious” is right.

    Todays headline:

    Who needs Ted Nugent? New poll shows Greg Abbott up big in Texas

    Republican Greg Abbott has a comfortable lead in the Texas governor’s race, according to a just-released poll. That result points to the partisan leaning that makes any Democratic governor hopeful face an uphill climb.

    Christian Science Monitor

    Abbott hanging around with Ted “psycho” Nugent who recently called Obama a mongrel dog because he is half white, hasn’t hurt him a bit.

    He is leading Wendy Davis in the polls.

    From my viewpoint on the coast, Texas looks like a giant fever swamp of lunatics and christofascists. For Cthulhu’s sake, they elect people like Rick Perry, George Bush, Ted Cruz, Gohmert, David Stockman, Tom DeLay, and anyone else who looks like a vaguely humanoid toad.

    I know there are normal people in Texas. They have my sympathy. I just wish there were enough to vote some of themselves into office.

  • felidae

    I think you meant STEVE Stockman who is a nutjob congressman from Texas

    David was Reagan’s budget guru

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Sometimes you need a stick to jam the overton window open with.

  • jamessweet

    heh, the funny part about the “Are words really more offensivethan” (sic) Twitter rant is that like 2/3 of those things are words. Derp.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Nugent is a right wing creep, but he’s a clever one. By making himself the pet rocker of the NRA and right wing politicians over the last 15 years or so he’s kept a considerably higher public profile than most of his contemporaries, who tend to play the county fair/casino circuit. Good for his overwrought ego, and presumably his pocketbook.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Good for his overwrought ego, and presumably his pocketbook.”

    Maybe; maybe not:

    http://www.livenation.com/artists/41592/ted-nugent

    Teddybagz schtick is gettin’ pretty old. He’s a self-parody at this point and while I would be happy if he ate one of his favorite handcannonz, I will have to be content to wait until he dies to refuse to piss on his grave–I hate long lines.

  • Michael Heath

    timgueguen writes:

    Nugent is a right wing creep, but he’s a clever one. By making himself the pet rocker of the NRA and right wing politicians over the last 15 years or so he’s kept a considerably higher public profile than most of his contemporaries, who tend to play the county fair/casino circuit. Good for his overwrought ego, and presumably his pocketbook.

    Mr. Nugent does no better when it comes to drawing live audiences; even here in MI.

  • Michael Heath

    The article Ed quotes:

    Now we’ve got Wendy Davis fund-raising on Ted Nugent’s camo-clad back, reminding women that he likes to refer to women in office as “varmints,” “fat pigs” and “dirty whores.”

    One of Ted Nugent’s first and biggest hit songs, which is still played on classic rock radio formats, is Stranglehold. Not only does it reveal his misogyny, but Wikipedia’s record of this song also reports that Mr. Nugent cheated one of his band members out of a co-writing credit. [Martin Popoff’s 2012 book on Nugent.] The lyrics:

    Here I come again now, baby

    Like a dog in heat

    Tell it’s me by the clamor now baby

    I like to tear up the street,

    Now I been smokin for so long,

    Ya know I’m here to stay

    Got you in a stranglehold, baby

    You best get outta the way

    The road I cruise is a bitch now, baby

    But no, you can’t turn me round

    And if a house gets in my way, baby

    Ya know I’ll burn it down

    You ran the night that you left me

    You put me in my place

    I got you in a stranglehold, baby

    You better trust your fate

    Yeah

    Sometimes you wanna get higher

    And sometimes you gotta start low

    Some people think they gonna die someday

    I got news, ya never got to go

    C’mon c’mon up

    C’mon c’mon up

    C’mon c’mon up

    C’mon c’mon up

    C’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon baby

    C’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon up

    C’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon baby

    C’mon c’mon c’mon

    Road I cruise is a bitch now

    Ya know ya can’t turn me round

    And if a house gets in my way

    Ya know I’ll burn it down

    You ran the night that you left me

    You put me in my place

    I got you in a stranglehold, baby

    That night I crushed your face

  • mikeyb

    is this what the right has come to at long last, defending and celebrating the likes of Ted Nugent and Phil Robinson as posters for the right of free speech? I guess Rush’s brand of bigotry simply doesn’t go far enough anymore. I’d almost go as far as to say I’d prefer Joseph Goebbels – at least he was intelligent.

  • mikeyb

    Take that back – meant Phil “Pat” Robertson, forgot to check for typos….

  • wildbill

    Check out the CNN story on abbott & ted. Abbott’s press guy gets in between the reporter and abbott to prevent further questioning (after he had nonanswered the guys one question). THe CNN reporter later approaches abbott as he is leaving, and abbott refuses to answers questions, gets in the car and high tails it outta there (doing his best Sir Robin impersonation). Just another pol that can’t handle the heat.

  • peterh

    The draft, per se, ended 43 years ago.

  • dingojack

    felidae (#2) – Oh I see. So David Stockman is completely different nut job.

    😀 Dingo

    ———–

    So in Texas you can be a pollie-prop even if you’re ‘dead or in jail’, eh Teddy?

  • stubby

    I happened upon Nugent on Erin Burnett’s show tonight while channel surfing. I watched about ten seconds of it before turning the channel.

  • jaybee

    Every time an actor or musician endorses a liberal cause or candidate, the right wing chorus goes up saying anyone who takes advice from a show business celebrity must be an idiot. Yet when actors and musicians endorse a right wing cause, they are true patriots.

  • Ichthyic

    Republican Greg Abbott has a comfortable lead in the Texas governor’s race,

    apparently Texas is irredeemable at this point. Time to sell it to Mexico.

  • Ichthyic

    Nugent cheated one of his band members out of a co-writing credit. [

    frankly, I personally wouldn’t WANT to take credit for that crap. Some things are more important than money.

  • Ichthyic

    Nugent is a right wing creep, but he’s a clever one

    if life was all about doing anything to make a fucking buck, I might agree.

    I however, don’t find the man “clever” in any proper sense of the word.

    I’m kinda shocked you do.

  • leonardschneider

    I’ll grudgingly agree with timgueguen (#5) about Nugent’s method of staying in the public eye… Although he was always ‘B’-grade rock star materiel anyway, somewhere between Nazareth and Molly Hatchet. The one thing I’ll give him credit for is being one of many reasons why American hardcore punk came into existence. People would listen to his mediocre garbage and think to themselves, “So this is the state of rock and roll, huh? Yeah, it’s time to change things up, this crap is trite, boring, sexist, creepy, unoriginal, clichéd, and just plain no fun. It’s time to do something different.” And they did.

    I was just a kid in the 1970s. I’ve never understood how people ten to fifteen years older than me could listen to what was being released back then and not want to slit their wrists. Even ignoring disco, c’mon: KISS? Seals & Croft? AC/DC? Led Zeppelin? (Oh yes, I did just go there.) Electric Light Orchestra? Rick Wakeman? Yeah, there were a few saving graces: Devo, Patti Smith Group, The Heartbreakers, and of course The Ramones… And how much radio play did any of them get? (Plus the early British punk bands, like the Stranglers, X-Ray Spex, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash. But I’ve been sticking to American bands.)

    Oh well, Lee Ving from Fear has always been a noisy reactionary doofus, too. Maybe the two of them could start a project together. That would be hilarious.

  • leonardschneider

    My comment is awaiting moderation? What the f—

    Oh yeah. Too many links. My bad.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @16. Ichthyic : “apparently Texas is irredeemable at this point. Time to sell it to Mexico.”

    Hey, what has Mexico ever done wrong to you to deserve that!?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @12. peterh : “The draft, per se, ended 43 years ago.”

    So it probably did. So?

    Doesn’t mean Nugent didn’t deliberately crap his pants to avoid it as apparently he “boasted” he once did.*

    Just goes to show how old that Nugent prop is I guess, think its gone a bit off -it smells funny kinda like really old gross shit – and has been for a while.

    * I gather Nugent subsequently has denied the story and claimed he made it up or something although doubts remain?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @21:

    Teddybagz is remarkably consistent in his lyin-sack-o-shit behavior.

  • stace

    I gather Nugent subsequently has denied the story and claimed he made it up or something although doubts remain?

    Believe he originally told the story to some interviewer from High Times magazine and then subsequently claimed he made it up because he was goofing or punking the magazine or whatever. So who knows, it may or may not be true.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @23:

    What is undeniably true is that Teddybagz is a chicken hawk.