Veronica Roberts

Conservatives almost had a collective coronary in May of 2011 over the White House invitation to Rapper Common. "Fox and Friends," right-wing bloggers, pundits and politicians were outraged that a Rapper who sang lyrics they considered offensive about cops was invited to read his poetry at the president's residence.

So I am still waiting for the sea of objection to Ted Nugent being asked by a Tea Party Republican, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, to be his guest at Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. This is the same Nugent who has repeatedly spewed what one can only describe as verbal sewage, which included threats to the president. While brandishing two machine guns at a concert, Nugent said the following:

“I was in Chicago and I said hey Obama, you might want to suck on one of these you punk. Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun ... "

Nugent went on to say, "Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch…." and that Sen. Barbara Boxer might want to suck on his machine gun. He called Sen. Dianne Feinstein "worthless whore.” [Listen to the above video].

The above words sound like they came from a raving lunatic, right? Someone the Secret Service should be keeping a close eye on and who wouldn’t be allowed in the same room as the president he threatened to kill. Yes, threatened to kill, because according to Fox News and those Republicans who objected to Rapper Common, speech or songs are threats, too.

The Republicans said they wanted to rebrand the party, or like Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana once said, they no longer want to be known as the “stupid party.” But it seems like some members haven’t gotten Jindal’s memo. Carrying a deeply divisive, extremist accessory like Nugent to tonight’s State of the Union address is stunningly disrespectful to the president and an embarrassment to the Republican Party.

The “party of stupid” appears to be winning the fight, and Jindal and like-minded Republicans need to change strategy if they want to be taken seriously. Clearly, just saying we no longer want to be led by the loonies is not working.

Stockman, who once spoke of impeaching president Obama, called his guest Nugent “a patriot.” And they wonder why their party is fragmenting with large groups of voters who run in the other direction when they see the red elephant coming?

The president doesn't have to bribe the 47 percent with gifts, as 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, told his rich investors was the reason he lost. All voters have to do is listen to the verbiage spewed by some in his party.