Fox Nation has discovered the latest incarnation of off-the-wall wingnuttery - Judge Tom Head of Lubbock, Texas, who predicted civil war if Obama were re-elected and promised to stand up and resist – and is promoting him gleefully while readers clog the blog with comments.
On Monday night, Judge Head was interviewed on the local Fox channel about the need to raise the tax rate by 1.7 cents, to hire more enforcement officers to respond more efficiently to community needs.
Well and good. But the learned judge didn’t stop there. He went on to say the county must be prepared for many contingencies - including the “worst-case scenario” that President Obama may be re-elected. "He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN. OK, what’s going to happen when that happens?...Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy. OK, now what's going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He's going to send in U.N. troops. I don't want 'em in Lubbock County. OK. So I'm going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say you're not coming in here…I don't want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me."
First, that clip spurred some local backlash and now it’s going viral. At this writing the Fox Nation post is getting a great whack of comments – not all of them in the judge’s favor by any means, but over 700 readers rated the post as “Inspiring.” Here's a sample:
Hard to know how Fox News will react officially. Glenn Beck would have been on the phone to the learned judge before you could say “Second Amendment rights”. But now I think they're trying to counter the perception that the Republican Party is a repository for survivalist militias, anti-abortion hardliners and other factions of that sort. They may just plead innocent (“He doesn’t represent real Republicans”) or sit tight and hope the story goes away.