Journey to the Center of Ted Nugent’s Mind

In a nugget from last weekend’s National Rifle Association annual meeting, Ted Nugent offered this warning:

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”

Don’t know if this means we need to put Ted on suicide watch come November 7 if things don’t turn out his way, or just let the police know he’s threatening to do a crime so he can get himself incarcerated. But it’s a fine reflection of the wingnut mind at its deepest that he seems to think us godless socialists care enough about his ravings to persecute him.

As it happens, I saw the Amboy Dukes in concert way, way back in the late 1960s. I guess they were already on the wane, since the venue was the Cobb County Fairgrounds in Marietta, Georgia. I do recall they played their pseudo-psychedelic hit “Journey to the Center of the Mind” not once but twice. So ol’ Ted was a bit of a broken record even then.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.