Steve King, Ted Nugent, And Team Republican

It is assumed, by most talking journalistic mugs in the medium of cable television news and elsewhere, that Steve King, Republican congressman from Iowa, is a member of the “fringe” of the Republican Party. He’s waaaay out there, it is said.

So, when Steve King labeled most undocumented immigrants as “drug mules” with Herculean, cantaloupish calves who could haul 75 pounds of dope through the desert, it was considered a nutty act by a former dirt-mover in Iowa who, polite commentators want to assure us, is not a mainstream Republican.

Except that in June the supposedly fringe-friendly King offered an amendment in the House of Representatives that would have essentially forced the government to deport “DREAMers“—young folks brought into the country by relatives and who don’t have proper documentation—and his amendment passed the House! Oh, and it passed the House with 221 Republican votes (including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and local right-winger Ozark Billy Long)! Some fringy congressman King is. Only six—six!—Republicans voted against the extremist amendment.

Like Steve King, another conservative, Ted Nugent, is not considered a mainstream right-winger because, as the mainstream press would tell you, he says crazy stuff on the scale of a Steve King. When told of Stevie Wonder’s performance boycott of Florida, due to the state’s Stand Your Ground law, Nugent said:

You’ve got to be kidding me. So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me? What is this, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? How brain-dead do you have to be? How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?

Leaving aside the fact that he lives in a fact-free world, what Nugent said has been said, in one form or another, by most conservative pundits on TV and elsewhere. The opinion he expressed above is mainstream conservative opinion, whether any leader of the Republican Party or whether any mainstream media journalist wants to admit it.

If that isn’t enough to convince the average journalist that Steve King and Ted Nugent are smack in the middle of contemporary GOP thought, if not eloquence, then the average journalist should consider this:

I’m looking here at Steve King. He needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!

That, of course, was the loud voice of the last Republican to run for President of the United States. Remember him? Remember Mittens Romney? He spoke those words in September of 2012. And Steve King was as nutty then as he is now, yet the guy who represented the GOP in the last national election, the guy who represented what the party stands for, not only accepted King’s endorsement, he said, again:

I want him as my partner in Washington!

Yeah, boy!

What about Romney and Ted Nugent? Oh, there was this:

nugent romney endorsementAccording to Nugent, Romney called him and asked him for his endorsement. And that call and that “long heart&soul conversation” came after Nugent, among other things, had called Democratic leader Debbie Wasserman-Schultz a “brain-dead, soulless, heartless, idiot,” and after he called former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a “sub-human scoundrel,” and after he referred to President Obama as a “piece of shit,” and after he referred to Hillary Clinton as a “worthless bitch” and a “toxic cunt.”

Yeah, that must have been some heart&soul talk the gun-loving, pants-crapping, draft-avoiding rocker had with the Republican Party’s national presidential candidate.

After Nugent’s endorsement, Tagg Romney tweeted out this keeper:

tagg tweet on nugent

How cool is that? Very cool! Ted Nugent and Steve King, even if they don’t always express their conservatism with phony Washington politeness, are on Team Republican!

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  1. Ugh. I think I need a shower. 🙄


  2. Wouldn’t surprise me if presidential hopeful (and current mainstream GOP Governor) Scott Walker were to suggest George Zimmerman as his choice for Homeland Security Director or Ken Cuccinelli as Sec’y of Health and Human Services. The Sane Train began to leave the Republican station with the nomination of “W” in 2000. It’s big dollar crazy is a last ditch effort to subjugate the 99%. Look at these clowns: Rick Scott, Scott Walker, Paul LePage, Mitch McConnell, there’s not enough time or depth of frustration to include ’em all. When bat shit crazy begins to infest the political brain it expands at an exponential rate. There are no “good” Republicans left. Nugent IS the face of the party. You are correct, sir — as usual.


  3. This morning I saw on AOL’s home page that a guy named Nick Gilronan had won the “Smallest Penis in Brooklyn” contest. One wonders if Steven King and Ted Nugent had been in that contest, whether Mr. Gilronan might have come in third.


  4. It has been famously said that “…politics makes strange bedfellows….” but these guys are rolling around in the mud together, it seems to me.

    I sincerely hope there are Republicans in government out there who do not buy this specious horse manure. If there are not, or they are too few, then I think the GOP is in serious trouble. They have failed to take into account the speed and pervasiveness of technology, and do not appreciate how much damage can be done in a very short time. Mostly, one cannot recover from that damage in anything like the short interval it took to accrue the damage.

    As examples I give you two Democrats: Bob Filner and Anthony Weiner. Although the “coup-de-grace” has yet to be delivered for either of these yo-yos, I believe they are done.

    And should be.


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