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Tilting at Windmills

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October 1, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

RUSH ON DRUGS....SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?....I think my brain is about to explode. As I was walking home from the market I got to thinking that I should get off the Plame story for a while and blog about something else. But what?

Well, I thought, surely I've been remiss in not piling on Rush Limbaugh for his inane comment about Donovan McNabb being overrated because he's black, right?

I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well ... McNabb got a lot of the credit for the performance of the team that he really didn't deserve.

So I started thinking about what to say, and it occurred to me that this is really a great example of how the conservative blabocracy is simply obssessed with the idea that blacks are just too damn well treated in our society, and it's time someone spoke up about it. Especially in sports, which as we all know is renowned for treating its participants with kid gloves and being unwilling to criticize poor performance.

Yeah, I figured that would be a good thing to say. And I thought the term "blabocracy" was kind of clever and I wanted to get a chance to use it.

But then I figured I would turn around and disagree with Wesley Clark, who thinks that ABC should fire Limbaugh. See, the fact is that Limbaugh and his fellow blabbers say this kind of stuff all the time. But they only say it on the radio, and only dittoheads are listening, and the mainstream media doesn't report it because, you know, it's just radio, and it's just Rush, and that stuff gets a free pass. So most Americans don't actually know what Rush and his pals are like.

So I say, keep him on the air. Let America see what Rush and his fellow right wing bigots are really like. Maybe it will open their eyes.

Yeah, that's what I was going to say. But then I got home and the first thing I saw was this on Drudge:

AFTER DAY OF INTENSE MEDIA BASHING ON LIMBAUGH SPORTS QUOTES /// NATIONAL ENQUIRER TO ALLEGE IN BOMBSHELL REPORT: 'RUSH LIMBAUGH IN DRUG RING'... HOUSEKEEPER WORE WIRE IN SET-UP, SUPPLIED PAIN PILLS TO DEAF TALKSHOW HOST... ENQUIRER ALLEGES ABUSE OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PILLS...

Huh? Rush is part of a drug ring? His housekeeper wore a wire? Tens of thousands of pills? Did I pop into an alternate universe when I walked across the bridge over the 405?

Anyway, so much for the whole post about McNabb. Old news. I guess I'll have to save it for another time.

UPDATE: Darn. Rush has resigned.

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