April 18 2012
She The People’s Suzi Parker has an item with a front-page headline that asks:
Will Romney denounce Ted Nugent’s comments on Democratic women?
Well, She, your headline writer has gotta do better. The Romney campaign already has issued a statement condemning Nugent’s remarks, no doubt to the chagrin of the many folks who hoped to make hay out of this. Parker, for the record, was aware that Romney had commented. She found his response "tepid." On the other hand, Jonathan Tobin calls it “Romney’s Sister Soljah Moment.”
Condemning disgusting comments by other people is generally all too easy (unless they have given you a million dollars and you can’t afford to offend them, as in the case of President Obama’s refusal to say a critical word about Bill Maher). But, after reading Nugent’s disgusting comments, I’d like to get in line to condemn them myself.
For once the Civility Patrol was right--Nugent was outside the bounds of decency. There is no excuse for Nugent’s saying “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” His comments on DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz were likewise unconscionable.
Since Nugent let fly at the National Rifle Association gathering, where Romney also spoke, the GOP standard bearer had to respond. I am glad he did and did so quickly.
But, folks, at a time when our country is undergoing the most anemic recovery in our history, we're heading for a campaign season built on trivialities. It's only April and the dog days of summer are already upon us.