On MSNBC’s “The Last Word” last night, host Lawrence O’Donnell opened a segment of the show by calling on his viewers to decapitate four members of the Republican Party’s leadership:
O’DONNELL: I’ll tell you this right now. If Mitt Romney becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. You can’t galvanize and promote — if you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Barack Obama, we’re done. We will be a suburb of Indonesia next year. Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell — they’re all criminals. We are patriots. We are Braveheart. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.
Okay, cue the Republican outrage.
Of course, O’Donnell was really just riffing on what Mitt Romney uber-supporter Ted Nugent told his half-witted but fully armed supporters recently:
TED NUGENT: I’ll tell you this right now. If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done. We will be a suburb of Indonesia next year. Our president, attorney general, our vice president and Hillary Clinton — they’re all criminals. We are patriots. We are Braveheart. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.
It’s important to recall here that Mitt Romney actively sought the endorsement of Ted Nugent, a has-been rocker whose meager native intellect appears to have been ravaged by lifestyle choices. Nugent has confirmed that Romney sought him out and pitched him on supporting the campaign. Here’s how Nugent described his conversation with Romney in a tweet on March 2:
after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him
Romney’s response so far to Nugent’s call to decapitate the president, vice president and two other top U.S. government officials has been to send out a campaign underling who read a statement calling for civil discourse.
This purposefully tepid reaction is a stark contrast to the rush by Obama campaign officials, including the president and the first lady, to distance their campaign from a bit of misspeaking by a paid liberal CNN pundit who said last week that Ann Romney “had never worked a day [outside the home] in her life.” The phrase “outside the home” was omitted, and the Romneys seized upon the mistake to make the claim that Democrats hated mothers — a claim that caused the entire Beltway media establishment to clutch its pearls.
At a private fundraiser a few days later, Ann Romney made it clear that she is a top political operative for the Romney campaign — and thus, fair game politically from now on — when she described the CNN pundit’s statement, not as the hurtful moment she had portrayed it to be, but as a political gift. “It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother,” Ann told her fatcat supporters, “and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it.”
In the midst of all the outrage over the CNN pundit’s misstatement among Beltway media types, and despite the fact that Ann Romney had all the 1-percenter qualifications to be a cast member in one of the “Housewives of …” shows, no one in the cadres of elite media who are deployed to cover the presidential campaign bothered to ask how many nannies, housekeepers and personal assistants the uber-wealthy she had while raising her five sons.
Nor did any of these reporters bother to ask the Romney campaign if Ann had chosen to be a stay-at-home wife because of her Mormon religion.
Finally, no statement from Ted Nugent should be allowed to stand without a reminder that behind all his vile talk and the swaggering patriotic pose, he is a coward who went out of his way to avoid service in Vietnam:
So Ted Nugent roams a concert stage while toting automatic weapons, calls Barack Obama “a piece of —–” and says he told Obama to suck on one of his machine-guns. He also calls Hillary Clinton a “worthless bitch” and Dianne Feinstein a “worthless whore.”
That Nugent, he’s a man’s man. He talks the talk and walks the walk, right?
Except when it was time to register for the draft during the Vietnam era. By his own admission, Nugent stopped all forms of personal hygiene for a month and showed up for his draft board physical in pants caked with his own urine and feces, winning a deferment. Creative!
That’s a lot of trouble he went to to escape military service — after all, he could have just told them he was gay.