by 99 Seats
So this happened.
If you don't know the backstory, Ted Nugent, professional crazyman, said a few weeks ago that, if Obama was re-elected, in a year, he'd be in jail or dead. This was met with some criticism and a little bit of concern from the Secret Service. After that, a gig that Nugent had on an Army base was canceled. He's been trying to rehab his image since then and did the morning show appearance above. Which won't do much for his image.
What I think is important here is a similar mindset to what Rachel Maddow ran into from Alex Castellanos on Meet The Press on Sunday. In that instance, Rachel stated a simple fact: women make less than men. Castellanos simply said, "No." He followed up with some dissembling, but the heart of his argument was that women do not make less than men. Ted Nugent has a long history of saying crazy things and taking stances that are clearly to the extreme right of the American populace. What sets him off here? The suggestion that he is not a "moderate" and that his preferred candidate, Mitt Romney, will need to appeal to moderates (a legitimate concern). Like Castellanos, Nugent rejects basic, obvious facts and observable reality to go on a tirade that implies that his generosity makes him "moderate." (Though, in his rambling, it also seems to imply that it makes him extreme.)
I highlight this, not because it's a conservative acting like a buffoon, but because, based on the GOP primary, a significant portion, if not an outright majority, of conservative voters seem to feel like Ted does here: their views and lives are NOT extreme, even when they believe the most bizarre, extreme things (like the government is coming for their guns). These ideas, to them, are obvious, common-sense things. When I think about that, I get very concerned about our country and about democracy.