Romney, Nugent, and Bork

Ted Nugent’s comments during a speech at an NRA meeting have been all over the news, as he has endorsed Mitt Romney, and apparently Romney went out of his way to seek out Nugent’s endorsement. The campaign is backing away from that now, and really, who cares. Nugent has long been nothing but a blowhard, someone the far right of the NRA can use to stir up passion and hate. And his endorsement of Romney does not mean he will be advising Romney or that Romney will in any way try to govern by Nugent’s warped world view. I’ve seen the story reported on the network news and of course the folks at MSNBC are all over it. What I have seen far less coverage of (and admittedly I may have missed it. I have watched Brian Williams and have not seen it covered, and maybe the cable shows were on it; I don’t always catch them) is a Romney connection far more troubling than that of Ted Nugent. Romney has named someone with just as warped a world view to co-chair his presidential campaign advisory committee on law, the Constitution, and the judiciary. That someone is Robert Bork, whose views are as radical as those of Ted Nugent. They are just dressed up in nicer clothes and language. The People for the America Way have up a wonderful piece called Borking America that reminds us in detail who Robert Bork is. People too young to remember when Reagan nominated Bork to a seat on the Supreme Court (he was ultimately rejected on a 58-42 bipartisan vote) may not know the name or realize the radical nature of the man, or the extreme danger that would result in Robert Bork advising a president on judicial nominations and the constitutionality of his actions. There are many things that trouble me about Obama’s presidency; mainly the secrecy and continuation of Bush’s roll back of civil liberties. But in comparison Obama is a walk in the park compared to what a Bork advised Romney presidency would be like.
Romney often seems to be little more than a clown who really doesn’t even know why he wants to be president. But adding Bork to his campaign shows he is much more than that. It shows that a Romney presidency is something to be truly feared and worked against with every ounce of strength we have. The piece linked to lays it all out very well; I’ll not repeat the history they have provided. For one, I don’t want to read it again or think about it more than I have to. It kind of makes me shiver.

About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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One Response to Romney, Nugent, and Bork

  1. Jim says:

    One other thing we can count on from Romney – He will do whatever the republican operatives and power-mongers want. He seems like the perfect Republican puppet.

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