Conor argues that Rush Limbaugh is not a racist, but the greatest race-baiter of our time. His evidence is pretty undeniable. But this last quote really got me thinking:
Oh, and don't forget the NFL. As of this week, it is "an outpost of racism and liberalism." (Strange that a league that is supposedly racist against white owner candidates has so many white owners.)
There's more. But that last quote says a lot to me. It's fairly clear that the NFL is neither an outpost for racism, nor liberalism. In fact, I'm willing to be that no organization does a better job of bringing black people and conservatives together, and indeed converting some black people to conservatives, than the NFL.
There's a measure of truth in Rush's critique, because conservative, in Rush's mind, is nothing without white populism. There's a difference between being, say, pro-life, and thinking, say, that Barack Obama is "the biggest reverse racist in history." I'd bet there are a lot more NFL owners who are the former, than there are the latter--and then some who qualify as both.
But since the 60s, white populism has been an indispensable plank in political conservatism's foundation. White populism is Ronald Reagan fighting for a tax exemption on behalf Bob Jones University, despite a school-wide ban on interracial dating. White populism is John McCain standing for the Confederate flag in South Carolina while he still could win in 2000. (Props to McCain for reversing field.) White populism is Mike Huckabee, eight years later, insisting, in the same state, that ""if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them what to do with the pole; that's what we'd do."