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Washington Post: Mitt Romney should denounce Ted Nugent, for women's sake

-By Suzi Parker

April 18, 2012- Rocker Ted Nugent says something outlandish during every political cycle.

The Secret Service is investigating Nugent for the remarks he made Saturday at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis about President Obama, including: "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

On Tuesday, Nugent found fire in his belly again on a radio show. He spewed venom toward Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who condemned Nugent's comments about Obama, and toward Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Wasserman Schultz is such a brain-dead, soulless idiot,” Nugent said. “I could not be more proud that this soulless, heartless idiot feebly attempts to find fault with Ted Nugent, because I am on the right track and she just encourages me to stand stronger.”

Nugent then called the two female Democratic leaders “varmints.”

In a year when the war on women rages, Nugent’s words leave a sour taste and conjure up unsettling, violent images. Of course, under the constitution, Nugent has the right to say anything. But, as my mother always says, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s camp tepidly denounced Nugent’s comments about Obama, but has said nothing so far about his comments on Schultz and Pelosi. “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.”

When Nugent endorsed Romney in March, his son, Tagg Romney, tweeted, “Ted Nugent endorsed my Dad today. Ted Nugent? How cool is that?! He joins Kid Rock as great Detroit musicians on team Mitt!”

Come on, Mitt. What if Nugent had called Ann Romney a varmint or brain-dead?



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