Hats off to Rush Limbaugh.
Yesterday, it was announced that Rush’s hopes of becoming a co-owner of the St. Louis Rams had faded away like dust in the wind. (It’s all we are). In the handful of days since Limbaugh’s interest in buying a piece of the franchise had been made public, the backlash was significant enough for prospective owner Dave Checketts to drop Rush as his partner.
Personally I think that’s too bad, because Rush had to have known this was exactly the scenario that would play out. While the man may be a human paraquat, he is also an undeniable genius of self-promotion and furthering his cause. And the cold shoulder from the NFL gives him yet another soapbox to climb.
As Limbaugh told his listeners on Wednesday:
This is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.
Actually, I think it is more about preventing the mainstreaming of anyone who is an assclown. I would guess that the typical NFL owner is not a key Democratic contributor (though the one owner that spoke out against Limbaugh, Colts boss Jim Irsay, may not fit the typical mold considering that he owns the original manuscript of “On the Road”).
For instance, if conservative commentator George Will tried buying a baseball team, do you think anyone would have a problem with it? I’m guessing not.
Just recently, noted loudmouth Mark Cuban was shot down in his attempt to buy the Cubs. Though Cuban had the most money available to make the purchase, his bid was passed on.
Ownership in major sports is an exclusive club. The owners can pick and choose anyone whom they want in their club, and the preference is that it be someone who does not make too much of a scene. Cuban, who sits on the opposite end of the political spectrum as Limbaugh, makes a lot of scenes. And MLB did not want a part of that.
Roger Goddell and his ownership cronies felt the same way about Limbaugh, and thus the pressure was applied to make sure he wasn’t a part of the bid. And as we noted earlier, there’s no way that someone with Limbaugh’s persona and intelligence did not see that coming from a mile away.
Now, he gets to milk more out of the scenario than he ever would have as an actual owner of the Rams. In fact, the combination of being able to turn this experience into fodder for his show and not having to watch the Rams every week may be Rush Limbaugh’s greatest win-win.