I’ve screwed up my back somehow, so I’m going to make this easy so I can go back to bed soon.
Jump One is Ted Baxter. He’s the character on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” played by the blustering, now-deceased Ted Knight. The character was the butt of all jokes for nearly all of the other characters. Vain, inept, purportedly pretty-faced, and stupid, Ted was forever in the dark. He portrayed the inept news anchorman on Minneapolis’ low-rated (and fictional) WJM-TV.
Jump Two is Ted Nugent. Heavy-metal guitarist and rocker, Nugent is, alas, a real person. [Sorry for the editorializing, but sometimes I can’t help it.] His most recognizable tune is likely Cat Scratch Fever. In his other life – his post-hard rock world – he’s a conservative’s conservative; an NRA “ambassador,” of sorts; a hunter; a poster child for the anti-PETA. Most recently, he waved around his AR-15 rifles at a concert, recounting his taunts of Obama and Clinton.
So, who’s it going to be? Jump One?
Or Jump Two?
I’ll take the fictional Ted Baxter any time, any day, any place. This is one of those choices I make based on the ick factor of the other choice. Nugent is a lunatic. I’m sure some of it is pure posturing. I don’t care. His encouraging Obama to suck on a rifle or Hillary to ride one of the rifles into the sunset is just reprehensible. So, yeah, I’m going with a fictional character. Beats the real life character by a mile.
How about you?
[Nugent photo courtesy Rolling Stone.]