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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 14, 2009 12:57 PM

Scroll for updates…Rush dropped from Rams bid…

The apocalyptic hysteria over Rush Limbaugh’s interest in buying an NFL team is yet another stark reminder of the limits (and double standards) of left-wing tolerance.

Doug Powers lists the cretins the NFL welcomes into the fold. As for partisanship in sports, there’s Obama-philic Steelers owner Dan Rooney. And as Doug pointed out in last month, while the NFL PAC leans left, NFL owners, team officials, players and coaches overwhelmingly favor Republicans.

No matter. Rush-bashers are so desperate to keep him from pursuing his football team ownership dream that they have resorted to fabricating racist quotes.

Par for the course.

Back in February, I wrote a Sunday piece for the NYPost on the anti-Rush revival after President Obama attacked the conservative talk show giant by name. This passage holds true today, as it has for two decades:

I asked Limbaugh this week why his enemies on the Left repeatedly fall into the trap of distorting his words and overreaching in their anti-talk radio demagoguery. Why, after 20 years, don’t they learn?

“On the contrary,” he said, “I think they believe all of these campaigns to have been profoundly successful. Their objective is to use their brethren in the drive-by media to echo their charges against me for the purpose of ensuring that I do not become ‘mainstream’ in the popular and political cultures. They strive to have the general population, particularly those who do not listen to the radio, hate me (and by association, all of conservatism). This happens for one reason: I am effective and thus have to be marginalized as an extremist, fringe figure.”

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On a related note, Ken Shepherd at Newsbusters spotlights anti-religious bigotry against Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow.

What are they so afraid of?

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Update….

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a bid led by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts, but Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh’s participation had complicated the effort. The group will move forward without him.

Rush Derangement Syndrome took over the NFL. It’s a damned shame that the selective guardians of football chose to side with race hustlers, quote fabricators, and political opportunists over their own self-interest. The game has no more passionate fan and supporter than Rush Limbaugh. But now the NFL thinks it can afford to apply ideological litmus tests for ownership. What’s next? Political litmus tests for fans, too?

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