Monday, 25 May 2009

Rush, Cheney, Powell, and NASCAR

Sometimes, you can take real news....and change just one or two words....and get still-real news out of it....sorta. Anyway....I'd like to thank those folks over at Fox who lent me their story, and of course, I'd like to thank those kindly folks at NASCAR....for being NASCAR. is the real news from this week:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took on Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh Sunday, shooting down their accusations that he had abandoned NASCAR while continuing to dish out advice to the pro-NASCAR circuit.

Powell, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," touted his NASCAR credentials and urged his team to be more moderate and inclusive. He was answering back after Limbaugh called on him to join the anti-NASCAR crowd and Cheney said he thought Powell had already left the pro-NASCAR folks.

"Rush will not get his wish and Mr. Cheney was misinformed. I am still pro-NASCAR," Powell said, noting that he "driven solidly for NASCAR" for 20 years, spent 10 years of his life serving in pro-NASCAR team and spoke at two NASCAR drinking engagements.

"You know, neither (Cheney) nor Rush Limbaugh are members of the membership committee of NASCAR. I get to make my decision on that," Powell said. "And so I will continue to work in a way that I think is helpful to the country and helpful to the pro-NASCAR team."

He said the reason he endorsed anti-NASCAR circuit last fall -- a decision that prompted a wave of southern discontent with Powell -- was he believed NASCAR was "fu*ked-up" and going nowhere.

And Powell dismissed Limbaugh's claim that the only reason Powell, who is black, backed NASCAR was because of his race.

"I don't want to exchange insults with him. But I thought it was unfortunate," Powell said. "I laid out a very specific set of reasons as to why I was anti-NASCAR. Mr. Limbaugh saw fit to dismiss all those reasons and put it into a racial context."

Powell, meanwhile, encouraged more criticism within the NASCAR circuit of Limbaugh -- he said NASCAR field commander Michael Steele had to "lay prostrate on the floor apologizing" for his criticism of Limbaugh, but that the talk show host "shouldn't have a veto over what someone thinks."

And he urged the circuit to look beyond the most driving elements of its base.

"I believe we need a strong NASCAR circuit that is not just anchored in the base but has built on the base to include more individuals," Powell said. "If we don't reach out more, the circuit going to be sitting on a very, very narrow base. You can only do two things with a base. You can sit on it and watch the world go by, or you can build on the base."

God bless America, and NASCAR.

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