The Right is Wrong

{ED: Northern Virginian Republican Congressman Tom] Davis, whose panel also oversees District of Columbia issues, said that if a Soros sale went through, "I don’t think it’s the Nats that get hurt. I think it’s Major League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions" from anti-trust laws.

via Atrios, we get this unsurprisingly pathetic attempt by House Republicans to bully MLB away from selling the Nationals to a certain wealthy non-Christian businessman.   We rarely get into politics here at YFSF, but this repugnant effort by some paranoid and petty lawmakers is frightening and worth commentary (I speak for myself only, I will leave YF to air his thoughts, if he so chooses).  To what end will these GOPers go to protect their message?  Maybe these congressmen should demand that MLB work on some other items, perhaps renaming "left field" to "appeaser’s patch", or ask that the league re-classify Mark Mulder as an "activist hurler"?    I shudder at a the new concept of a "roving scout".

In all seriousness, this is a disturbing story that is worth reading in full.  Politicians, and partisan hack politicians at that, should keep their noses out of MLB’s financial business decisions, and for them to threaten revocation of the anti-trust exemption over a merely potential and fictional, yet-to-be-determined sale of a baseball team over their own prejudices and paranoia should scare the heck out of all of us.   How many non-Jewish, non-liberal potential owners have been derided by these same congressmen as "bad for baseball"?  This ploy is prejudiced, and barely veiled at that. 

Update:  More angry commentary here.

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  • Congressman Davis asks “Who needs the politics?” in baseball. These would be the same owners who have included among their ranks: Rupert Murdoch (as non-partisan as they come, right?), George Steinbrenner (convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon), and, oh, yeah, the current President of the United States. Not to mention a certain chain-smoking sociopath from Ohio with a fondness for Nazi battle flags and the films of Leni Riefenstahl.
    Where was the talk of revoking the anti-trust exemption then? It’s almost worth moving to Northern Virginia to vote this clown out of office. (But not quite.)

    MJL in L.A. June 27, 2005, 1:37 pm
  • There are so many dysfunctional topics to comment on here, I don’t even know where to start. With all that is going on in this world right now, I can’t believe that baseball even manages to find the radar. About 80% of people in Africa have aids, and these same conservative, right-wing politcians go there to express their belief in the dangers of handing out condoms to them – why would we expect them to leave their dirty hands out of baseball?
    Unless they are worried Sorros is going to run a live feed of soldiers getting blown up in Iraq on the scoreboard to make GB look worse than he already does (which in all reality, is not out of the question), what is the worry? If Sorros were African-American, I could totally understand why the Republicans were so driven to stop him, but simple partisan differences seem a little ‘bit unimportant in the business of baseball to me.
    Maybe, the Republicans are just worried that they are not going to be able to get free box seats to the games.
    PS – The African-American statement was a simple sarcastic comment based on the history of the Right totally ignoring the voice of the minority – please, noone take offense to it. But, if you do, you aren’t really paying attention.

    Brad-SF June 27, 2005, 4:40 pm
  • Brad, don’t you understand that if the Open Society Institute gets its hands on a baseball team, our children will be forced into rooting for Communist players such as Livan Hernandez, gay marriage will spread like wildfire across the land, and cloning of humans will thrive.
    Nothing these Repubicans do surprises me anymore.

    Nick June 27, 2005, 4:58 pm
  • Good point Nick. But, as I look at the Blogads directly to the left of this post, I can only hope they start the cloning process with Hulk Hogan’s daughter. Wow.
    PS…Red Sox and Yankee chat anyone? It was a huge week for both teams – lets get those knives sharpened here.

    Brad-SF June 27, 2005, 5:49 pm
  • This is all very strange. I’m against DeLay & Co. as much as anyone, but it’s hard to believe they can be THIS stupid.
    Where’s the evidence for this being anti-Semitic? Are you aware that the Commish is Jewish? Also Jerry Reinsdorf and Fred Wilpon.* And while I don’t know much of the history of major league ownership, I do know the grandfather of a friend, Jewish, owned the Reds for decades, 50 years ago.
    * This info from Jewishsports.com.

    john massengale June 27, 2005, 6:46 pm
  • John: the real issue is not with MLB and any such “jewishness”, but rather the right wing’s fascination with Soros and both his politics and his religion. The quotes in the linked article are taken from Republican congressmen specifically, and during the past election cycle the GOP as well as numerous PACs targeted Soros specifically, invoking Jewish stereotypes and coded language alluding to his chosen religion. I don’t think the language regarding his potential ownership is shaping up any differently (i.e. “I don’t know why baseball would want to get involved with George Soros”). What the hell does that mean? Why not? Would they want to get involved with him if he were Tom Monaghan, a truly cretinous right wing religious zealot? (Oh, right, he once owned the Tigers). You can be sure if Soros becomes a leading candidate for the Nats as opposed to a secondary one the language will get nastier.

    SF June 27, 2005, 7:07 pm
  • Jews-Schmews. Either you love who we love, or you are wrong, and will be thrown into the spotlight as the anti-christ.

    Tom Delay (heheh) June 27, 2005, 7:08 pm
  • Soros does seem to drive them especially crazy—Speaker Hastert claimed that since Soros favors legalization of pot, he must have made his money selling drugs, which is almost funny in a deranged sort of way.
    I suppose they figure if blatant intimidation worked with the media, it’ll work with the MLB too.

    JoshA (SF) June 27, 2005, 11:13 pm
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