Apropos of absolutely nothing, Rush Limbaugh finds a racial angle in George Steinbrenner's death:
"That cracker made a lot of African-American millionaires... He fired a bunch of white guys as managers left and right."
Steinbrenner never did anything that even remotely hinted at either favoritism or antipathy based upon race. He fired black people, white people and Hispanic people. He would fire an employee one day and hire that person back the next. He hired Billy Martin 5 times and fired him 4 times. Had Martin not been killed in an automobile accident, who knows how many times he would have been fired and rehired?During his 37 years as owner of the Yankees, Steinbrenner also paid millions to black players, white players, Hispanic players and Asian players. The only thing Steinbrenner cared about was winning the World Series and he was utterly ruthless in pursuit of that goal.
This past week, conservative blogs delighted in ridiculing Jesse Jackson for race-baiting in the LeBron-Gilbert fiasco. Jackson was also ripped for his comments in liberal blogs and by African-American bloggers, reporters, and even in the liberal mainstream media.
Will conservatives respond with comparable condemnation of Limbaugh's race-baiting?
I await their reactions with bated breath.