If his smarminess and sanctomony weren't enough for you, check this out: He shows up peddling a book this afternoon on The Rush Limbaugh Show. Way to show your true colors, Tony.
I'll never for the life of me understand why a woman or person of color would ever cast a Republican vote. It's like polishing the gun and loading up the bullets for your own assassin. But even if one could convince oneself that a guy like, say, Eric Cantor wasn't all that bad (even though he is), it's hard to believe that anyone paying attention doesn't know what Rush Limbaugh is. You know, I'm not certain that Rush himself is a bigot-I think he's more of an exhibitionist than anything-but he certainly doesn't mind getting his rocks off with and taking the money of people who are. And over the years he has had to keep getting more and more outlandish to keep his audience satisfied. Rush has said in the past, for example, that he doesn't care about the opinions of black people because they make up only 12% of the population; and that the NFL is made up of gang members; that Katrina victims were to blame for their own fate; that we shouldn't be so quick to throw slave holders under the bus because hey, they kept the streets safe; and dismissed Colin Powell as less relevant than the ignorant Joe the Plumber. Principled African-Americans and others have taken a stand on this: Michael Wilbon, the African-American sports writer for the Washington Post, threatened to boycott ABC when they inexplicably and ill-advisedly hired Limbaugh for a short-lived (short because he made a racist remark about Donovan McNabb, natch) stint as a football commmentator.
But not Tony Dungy! Tony evidently doesn't care that Rush is nothing better than an old klan member who's gotten too fat to even lift a burning cross anymore. So we're left to assume that either the contrite, gay-hating, Bible-thumping Dungy has no real principles concerning matters of race in this country-and hey, maybe he doesn't-or he agrees with Rush that the NFL guys he has spent his entire career working beside and mentoring really are gangbangers, and that McNabb is an affirmative action quarterback. Because to appear on the show and to be treated with any respect by Limbaugh is in reality to tacitly endorse his views, and that should make guys like Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney feel a real thrill up their leg when they think about their old coach. Yeah, he was all charm and niceties to you today, Tony, calling you "a man of deep faith" and all that happy horsehit. But just imagine what would have come from the comedian's mouth had you gotten into a discussion of the NFL rule mandating teams interview one minority applicant for each open head coaching job...
Another reason to root for the Cardinals: Limbaugh's a Steeler fan.