When Oregon US Rep Earl Blumenauer invited Portland musician Thomas M Lauderdale — leader, composer, arranger and pianist for the internationally acclaimed big band Pink Martini — to President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight I’m sure that he would never have imagined that his guest would end up sitting to the guest of Texas Rep. Steve Stockman. Who turned out to be Ted Nugent.
Yes, that Ted Nugent. The Motor City Madman. Terrible Ted. Auteur of “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” and “Yank Me, Crank Me, But Don’t Wake Me Up to Thank Me.” And also a swaggering right wing political voice with a serious taste for assault weaponry of all kinds.
Thomas, on the other hand, is a longtime advocate for gay rights and other socially/culturally progressive causes in Oregon. He has never written or performed a song that compares himself to a dog in heat or a jackhammer tearing up the street.