Senator Rand Paul tweets that Singer Ted Nugent’s derogatory description of President Obama is offensive. Nugent, on the campaign trail some weeks ago with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, called Obama “a Communist nurtured subhuman mongrel.” The aging guitarist is known for inflammatory comments.
Paul, junior senator from Kentucky and son of former U.S. representative Ron Paul, is the current libertarian scion of the GOP and possible 2016 contender for the presidency. Media analysts cannot get enough of him, admiring his savvy on one side, or sounding a cautionary note on the other. He is also a litigant in a lawsuit filed over NSA surveillance.
On his twitter account, Nugent defends himself by attempting to turn the Fort Hood massacre into a truther cause, conveniently overlooking the fact that the Obama Administration killed the radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi in a drone attack, citing Aulaqi’s radicalization of the Fort Hood shooter in its defense of the controversial strike.
How this bodes for Pennsylvania’s centrist purplish swing in the GOP primaries remains to be seen. If Nugent’s baiting makes Rand Paul look reasonable, does it also solidify Senator Pat Toomey (PA) as a trusted establishment brand? When asked if a serious Paul candidacy would be beneficial for Pennsylvanians, members of Toomey’s Washington staff said, “We cannot take a position on that and have no comment.”