Dems Use Ted Nugent's Remarks to Distract from Ann Romney Flap
Ted Nugent is up to what Ted Nugent is up to usually: taking rhetorical shots at Democrats and liberals he can't stomach. Is this news? Well, it is to Democrats and their mainstream media enablers, who have seized on Nugent's remarks in a lame attempt to turn them on Mitt Romney.
Democrats have taken something of a shellacking for rich Democrat consultant Hilary Rosen's insult of Ann Romney. Rosen criticized Mrs. Romney for being a stay-at-home mom who doesn't get what working women deal with. Mrs. Romney has made a stunning debut as a campaign asset.
Now it's reported that conservative rocker Ted Nugent has fired insults at Congresswomen Debbie Wasserrman-Schutlz and Nancy Pelosi. Nugent called Wasserman-Schultz a "brain-dead, soulless idiot" and Pelosi a "sub-human scoundrel." Nugent labeled both women "varmints," conjuring up Yosemite Sam using the same epithet against Bugs Bunny.
Certainly, name-calling Wasserman-Schultz and Pelosi steps over the line. But there is an important difference. Both Wasserman-Schultz and Pelosi are politicians, not spouses of public figures.
There was a time in America when politicians' spouses and kids were off-limits. That changed with attacks on Sara Palin's family, including her Down Syndrome son, Trig. It's the left and Democrats who seem most eager to drag Republicans' family members through public meat grinders for political gain - or sport.
Now Democrats need a distraction. Evidently, the shots at Ann Romney by Rosen and Obama super PAC donor and cynical funnyman Bill Maher have left bad tastes with the voting public. Democrats and the media are trying to elevate Nugent's remarks about Pelosi, Wasserman-Schultz, and, indirectly, President Obama as a means of showing voters that Democrats don't have a corner on insults.
Seeking moral equivalency is a time-honored tactic by Democrats. When caught on the wrong side of a controversy (or having been caught instigating a controversy), Democrats find or manufacture fault with opponents. The "Everyone's doing it, mommy" argument doesn't lift voters' regards for Democrats, but it can effectively lower voters' regards for Republicans or conservatives.
That Ted Nugent is given to outlandish comments about Democrats and liberals really isn't news. That Nugent may want to reel in the harsh words isn't a bad idea. That Nugent's insults of Wasserman-Schultz and Pelosi are equal to insults of Ann Romney is absurd. Politicians' family members need to be put back on the "off-limits" list.