Henican is a columnist for Newsday. He also is a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and
Ready, aim, Ted Nugent!
The gun-waving, trash-talking, Democrat-dissing rocker has now ricocheted his way into the Texas governor's race on behalf of Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate to replace Gov. Rick Perry. Abbott thought it might be a good idea to make a joint appearance with a 65-year-old gun-rights guitarist who wants immigrants treated like "indentured servants" and called Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel."
Um, maybe not.
Perry's already distanced himself from Nugent's ugly rhetoric. On Thursday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite for president, called the Obama-mongrel crack "offensive." On Friday, even Nugent mumbled an apology for his "street-fighter terminology."
"Liar" would have been a better description of the president, he said.
But for now at least, the hard-charging attorney general is still sticking by his guns -- and his fired-up friend.
If Abbott bails on Nugent now, he looks to some of his staunchest backers like he's folding under pressure. If he doesn't, he risks alienating the very Texas moderates that Democrat Wendy Davis is campaigning hard for.
The better choice, of course, would have been not to appear with someone who calls on supporters to "chop Democrats' head off" and also told Obama "to suck on my machine gun."
But there's no unmaking the Nugent Texas campaign swing. And there's always an audience for talk like his.
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BISHOP-ELECT ANDRZEJ ZGLEJSZEWSKI
The new auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre speaks seven languages and has a name many Long Island Catholics can't pronounce -- yet. Say "AN-jay Skley-CHEV-ski." And mark my words: By the time the well-liked 52-year-old from Poland is ordained March 25 as the first immigrant ever to hold this important church post, his name will be rolling off tongues from the sacristy to the very last pew. "Fiat voluntas tua," Msgr. Andrzej!