The Next Non-Issue

Mittens, Obama Administration

Atrios said something this morning

What we have to look forward to over the next several months is the following scenario repeated over and over again: somebody says something dumb, it gets elevated into a pseudoscandal, cable news freaks out, there are calls for various people to denounce whatever or whoever, and then eventually the whole thing calms down until the next time, likely because somebody was eaten by a shark somewhere.

So I see that Ted Nugent is threatening to shoot members of the Obama Administration if the President is re-elected. Or else he’s threatening to shoot himself; it’s a bit hard to tell. I’ll let the Secret Service sort that out.

So already people are calling on Mitt Romney to denounce Ted Nugent. just as there have been calls for President Obama to denounce Hilary Rosen and everyone else in North America who has ever said anything that upset the Right.

And y’know what? I don’t bleeping care if Mittens denounced Ted Nugent. A politician should be held responsible for many things; what some brain-damaged gasbag says is not among them, unless the gasbag is on his staff. We’ve got more important stuff to be arguing about.

Wanker of the decade is Tom Friedman, btw.

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  1. Lynne  •  Apr 17, 2012 @5:17 pm

    I remember a short story by Ursula LeGuin, where everyone was required to take a sanity test periodically. If tested insane, the person was institutionalized. Eventually everyone was in the looney bin, even the ones who tested.
    This is all beginning to remind me of that short story.

  2. Doug Hughes  •  Apr 17, 2012 @5:53 pm

    “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a videoposted on YouTube by the NRA… From CNN

    If Nugent is offering to commit suicide, if he will let me know the calibre, I will send a round for the occasion engraved, ‘Bon voyage, sincerely, Doug’. That’s a bit long, but I’m trusting Ted to use a large gun guaranteed to give a sure-fire mission accomplished.

  3. c u n d gulag  •  Apr 17, 2012 @6:28 pm

    Well, c’mon!

    I mean, you can’t compare Ted Nugent’s influence on the Romney campaign, to the critical importance of that lesbian Hillary Cli… Hilary, whatever the hell her name is… to Obama’s!!!

  4. Swami  •  Apr 17, 2012 @7:43 pm

    Obama is going to be maybe Mr. Nugent should start looking for preventative measures to alter those two possiblities.

  5. Stephen Stralka  •  Apr 17, 2012 @7:45 pm

    That’s why the call him the Motor City Heavily Armed Paranoid Delusional Psychopath.

  6. erinyes  •  Apr 17, 2012 @8:38 pm

    Ted has threatened to shoot himself?
    Kinda like in Blazing Saddles or for real?
    Just use a big rock, Teddy boy, save the guns for big game……

  7. erinyes  •  Apr 17, 2012 @8:55 pm

    “wanker of the decade”
    Maha, I’m SHOCKED that you would use that kind of term!
    LMAO, but shocked…….

  8. Bill B.  •  Apr 17, 2012 @10:19 pm

    Non-issue of the day for me while on the road for several hours was the amount of time NPR shows devoted to the Cartagena prostitute business. I listened to three stations along the way, and each one had an hour to spend on it, including one show that asked listeners to call in with their opinions. I bet folks know as much about South American whoring as they do about, oh, maybe the success of trickle-down economics or voodoo. (Oops, wasn’t I supposed to have two different items on each end of the “or” in that last sentence?)

  9. c u n d gulag  •  Apr 18, 2012 @5:04 am

    I don’t know, maybe Mitt will do him a favor, since he is, after all, an experienced varmint hunter.

  10. joanr16  •  Apr 18, 2012 @8:48 am

    Bill, I’m sure you meant “trickle-down economics a/k/a voodoo.”

  11. Bill B.  •  Apr 18, 2012 @10:24 am

    Good edit, joan! I was a little heavy-handed. Thanks.

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