DEEP IN THE DARK HEART OF TEXAS

Richard Reeves

DALLAS -- Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state's next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages:

"Attorney General Abbott believes there is no higher power than God....

"A husband and father, Greg Abbott understands the importance of preserving Constitutional, traditional values -- like faith, family and freedom for future generations. That's why, as the state's chief law enforcement official, Abbott has made protecting children, families and values the focus of his administration."

Abbott's most famous supporter is a singer named Ted Nugent, whom I must admit I had never heard of before he began campaigning with the attorney general. Nugent, known as the "Motor City Madman," was most famous for his 1981 song "Jailbait." Here are some of the lyrics:

"Jailbait you look so good to me

"Jailbait won't you set me free

"Jailbait you look fine fine fine

"I know I've got to have you in a matter of time.

"Well I don't care if you're just 13

"You look too good to be true

"I just know that you're probably clean

"There's one lil' thing I got to do to you.

Now he is probably better known for calling the president of the United States a "subhuman mongrel." Those were the words Nugent -- who my students tell me is a great guitarist -- said last month just before Abbott invited the singer to join him on the campaign trail here. The full quote about President Obama was: "a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel."

Nugent has also called women politicians -- Republican Abbott's general election opponent is expected to be a state senator named Wendy Davis -- "varmints," "fat pigs" and "dirty whores."

So far, I have used words that occasionally appear in family newspapers. The rest of Nugent's rhetoric can be used only with a lot of asterisks. Of the president, Nugent has said: "Obama, he's a piece of sh**, and I told him to su** on my machine gun." Then he said, "Keep a f***ing gun in your hand, boys."

He also does not like people on welfare, calling them "those well-fed mother***er food stamp co***uckers." As for Trayvon Martin's death in Florida, he blamed that on the "mindless tendency to violence we see in black communities across America." He also said he would be jailed or killed if the "vile America-hating Obama" was re-elected in 2012. For the record, Nugent is alive and well, although he has been questioned by the Secret Service because of his threats to kill the president.

In introducing Abbott last week at a rally, Nugent said: "This is special. There is no other Texas anymore. ... This is the last bastion of rugged individualism, of true independence."

Attorney General Abbott, for his part, has said: "What I do know is Ted Nugent stands for the Constitution. He stands against the federal government overreaching and doing what they're doing to harm Texans."

Nugent, of course has apologized -- sort of -- saying: "I did cross the line. I do apologize -- not necessarily to the president ... the liar that he is."

So it goes. Always nice to be in the Lone Star state to check on whether folks here are still talking about seceding from the United States. And where Abbott is running better than 10 percent against Davis in polls. He also has $30 million in campaign cash on hand.

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