Thursday, October 02, 2003

New Idiot on the Block

Well, not exactly new. Rush has been punted. As a result of comments on Sunday about Donovan McNabb, to wit:

"I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

My take (on McNabb)- aside from the race stuff, he's sorta right. I've never been overly impressed with McNabb, but note this, he wins and that counts for a whole lot. Yes, the Philly defense has been impressive these past few seasons but look at that offense. I wouldn't take anyone from that offense for my team, with the exception of McNabb. Does McNabb deserve all the credit he's received? Yes- winning team, no offensive talent, and on top of that the quarterback usually gets a disproportionate share of the credit (blame) anyway. McNabb might be overrated, but that is not at all out of sync with the rest of league.

Here's Limbaugh's, er, defense of himself

"All this has become the tempest that it is because I must have been right about something. If I wasn't right, there wouldn't be a cacophony of outrage that has sprung up in the sportswriter community. . . . This is such a mountain out of a molehill. There's no racism here. There's no racist intent whatsoever."

Yes, anytime people get pissed off at you and cause a stir, it means you were right about something. For instance, if Rush had simply said, "Black people are inferior" he'd have caused an even larger shitstorm. Which would have made him more right? Sadly misguided.

His statement truly was not that horrible, except for the need to insinuate race into a non-racial event. Limbaugh, no fan of affirmative action, no fan of the continued relevance and discussion of racial issues in America, sees a successful black and assumes that his success is the result of a conspiracy to make him qualified. Maybe this is the poison of affirmative action, and the public/ media backlash against Rush which culminated in his dismissal is the antidote. Rush doesn't get it, but hopefully more Americans now do. And that will bring us even closer to the day when race actually doesn't matter.

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