The Corner

Contra Rush

I’m not feeling sorry for Rush today (the drug story aside, which seems like

a cheap shot). He did what what we hate in liberals: Gratuitously

introducing race in a discussion where it doesn’t belong. McNabb may be

overrrated or he may not be. Some columnists have compared his first few

years’ stats favorably with John Elway. Others suggest that he makes poor

decisions and doesn’t have great arm strength. That is not the question

here. The issue is whether there is some media reticence to call him

overrated because he is black. Limbaugh introduced this element with no

supporting evidence (the NFL’s idiotic minority-hiring policy is a separate

issue). Hey, some people think Jake Plummer (formerly Arizona QB, now with

Denver) is overrrated, but a discussion of his abilities focuses on his

stats, not his color.

This was a cheap shot by Rush and, in fact, turns the cloc back from where

Steve Chapman noted, “But these

days, in the eyes of the people who do the hiring and firing in the NFL,

there are no white quarterbacks or black quarterbacks. There are just good

ones and bad ones.”

Rush has turned the discussion back into white quarterbacks and black

quarterbacks. He further gave the media the opening to bring race into every

interview with a quarterback this weekend.

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