Thursday, April 19, 2012

Randi Rhodes: No Silver Spoon

On the campaign trail, President Obama told a crowd “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” What a perfect line! The “silver spoon” part is a dig at Mitt Romney, and the “born” part tweaks the noses of the birther nutbags. The President said “Now, I just paid taxes…” And the unspoken part of that simple statement is that Mitt Romney didn’t just pay taxes. Heck, he didn’t even just do his taxes. Everything is a dig at Mitt. It’s almost as hard for Obama to talk without saying something that damages Mitt Romney as it is for Mitt Romney to talk without saying... well, without saying something that damages Mitt Romney.

Today Ted Nugent is being interviewed by the Secret Service. And I’m sure Ted is delusional enough to think it’s going to turn into a job interview. After all, Ted himself is a “duly sworn” law enforcement officer. Ted, you and your “law enforcement” fantasies have nothing to do with people like the agents in the Secret Service. People like you are an embarrassment to them... and it’s not easy to embarrass the Secret Service right now. What is Ted Nugent going to tell the Secret Service? Guys! There’s no need to pay for hookers—just find an underage girl and convince her parents to make you her guardian! Ted’s opinion spewing is a lot like his guitar playing—he figures that if it’s loud and discordant enough, people will think it’s good.

Ted was on Glenn Beck’s show. Ted told Glenn “I’ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I don’t threaten, I don’t waste breath threatening.” Yup, that sounds like a threat. But then the way Ted Nugent talks, everything sounds like a threat. That’s what a person has to do when the stuff they’re saying doesn’t carry any other kind of weight. Glenn chimed in by asking how much time the Secret Service devotes to investigating the Black Panthers. Glenn, if the Secret Service wants to know what the Black Panthers are up to, all they have to do is turn on Fox News—they follow their every move. Besides, Glenn, the Secret Service protects President Obama. In the mythical realm that you inhabit, isn’t Barack Obama the leader of the Black Panthers?

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