Via Adam Serwer, I see that there are a gaggle of conservatives who are actually outraged that Rush has been pushed out. The white populists over at the Corner just can't be taken seriously--as Adam notes, this is an outfit that, all at once, cynically compares Rush Limbaugh to Martin Luther King, and defends William Buckley's racism.
But like Adam, I think more of Jon Henke. And like Adam, I think he's way off on this one.
What would happen if NFL told Olbermann or @Maddow their political views made them ineligible for NFL team? End NFL anti-trust exemption.
Let's be very clear about what we're debating--Rush didn't lose because he's pro-Life, because he doesn't support the public mandate, or because of his stance on Afghanistan. Rush lost because he once claimed that Donovan McNabb, a quarterback who in ten seasons has never thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and is one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation was being overpraised because he was black.
Rush Limbaugh lost because think slavery had some merit. Rush Limbaugh lost because he claimed that NFL players, en masse, to gang-bangers. Rush Limbaugh didn't lose because he's a conservative. He lost because he's a white populist.
If Rachel Maddow, at various moments, claimed that Wes Welker was overrated because he was white, that NFL owners were little more than slave-masters, and that the Holocaust was overstated, then yeah, I'd expect she'd have some problems becoming an NFL owner.