The low road is far less taxing. All you need to be is willfully ignorant, petty and angry.
Last week I wondered why the learned Bob Barr, candidate for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, wasn’t distancing his campaign from Ted Nugent to avoid being spattered by the 65-year-old rocker’s verbal excrement.
Alas, Barr remains silent — and spattered.
It would appear the candidate has chosen the low road, where he’ll troll for votes among the bottom feeders with the help of fellow NRA board member Nugent.
The column attracted nearly 4,000 views and 25-plus comments at the MDJ’s online edition, most of which were, well, uncomplimentary.
Almost none of the comments argued the column’s central theme, that Barr should disavow Nugent’s endorsement so as not to alienate voters who might be African-American and/or support the president.
Rather, the comments were a toxic stew of personal attacks, racism, NRA talking points and sweaty fever swamp delusions — not unlike Ted Nugent’s rhetoric and writings.
The feedback does offer us an instructive look into the minds’ of those who believe Nugent and Barr are Colossi of conservative thought (comments as they appeared):
“Why is it Obama does things that we clearly know our founders were staunchly against yet no one does anything about it, but when ted get in a lippy mood and says things because he gets upset he wrong?? I think its clearly a serious case of double standards, like the ‘N’ word, they use it like its free yet if a white uses it, ohh!! no its a racist hate crime ...”
“Congratulations, you effeminate marshmallow. You have to invoke the name of a real man to get people to read your weeping commentary.”
“Whomever wrote this diatribe from the left should be put in the ocean at low tide and tied to a post, with crabs at his/her feet… Nugent is a great American.”
“If you dont like guns or want guns then by all means stay away from them! Go move into the urban hive dwelling and be a good drone and someone from the government will be around to help you wipe your butt.”
“Kevin Foley — His logic: Nugent is: Bad guitar player, no fans, draft dodger 100 yrs, ago — that’s rational political discussion? Irrational, emotional, hatred. Mentions free speech, so he’s heard of it, then wields the PC hammer with unbecoming delight. Color me offended by your irrational hatred.”
“I wonder How many of the Conservatives feel Represented by The Current Administration? I sure as hell Don’t, and agree With Ted Nugent, I also want to say I hope I never Rea anything about The Sissy that wrote this article again. I would Hunt with Ted Nugent, But I wouldn’t p-ss on Kevin Foley if he were on Fire.”
“As for imflammatory (sic), it is about time somebody inflamed the people of this country to the point they take action against the traitor in the White House and his socialist, Muslim cronies.”
Chagrined Republicans like Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain recognize they’ll never win the war of ideas with a crowd like this one. They’re ruing the day they mainstreamed them and their “whacko-bird” representatives in Congress.
With the GOP’s survival hanging in the balance, Republican leaders appear to have set out on the high road, marginalizing the extremists and cooperating with Democrats to pass a budget bill.
Is a bipartisan immigration bill next?
Should he be elected, it’s likely the interests of 11th District voters along with Bob Barr will be relegated to the party’s fringes so the adults in Congress can finally do the people’s work.
Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.