Ted Nugent’s latest rant (that President Obama is a “subhuman mongrel”) fairly takes one back to elementary school for a rejoinder: “It takes one to know one,” I know nothing of Nugent’s parentage, but if you saw and heard the two of them side by side, my bet would be that most observers would find Nugent is more aptly describing himself. His days as a successful rocker are far behind him, with nothing on the charts for decades; what he is renowned for now are right-wing rants. In April, 2012 Nugent said at an NRA conference, speaking of the 2012 election, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” He had an interview with the Secret Service following that. Unfortunately for Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor of Texas, Nugent is neither dead nor in jail. Instead he is still around hurling insults at the President. To be insulted by a fool is no great disgrace–to be praised by one is. So it’s Abbott, for whom Nugent is making campaign appearances, that suffers the dishonor–not President Obama. It says something obvious about Abbott that he accepts Nugent’s campaign assistance.