Washington Nationals and George Soros

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Just another sign that some Republicans are so anti-progressive that they abandon every notion of common sense.  The latest outrage from the right?  They’re upset because billionaire and progressive-cause-supporter George Soros wants to be a part-owner of the MLB baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

Rep. Thomas David (R-Va) issued a veiled threat to Major League Baseball, suggesting that if Soros was permitted to buy (or co-buy) the Washington Nationals, it would be unwise, since baseball enjoys exemption from anti-trust laws.  In other words, MLB, if you let Soros buy a baseball team, the Republican Congress could “punish” the sport. Read more here.

This is particularly ironic, since many politicians—including Bush himself—were or are part owners of major league baseball teams.  What’s the deal here?  Baseball ownership only for people of one political stripe?

Democrat Representative George Miller has the correct response:

Why should politics have anything to do with who owns the team…So Congress is going to get involved in every baseball ownership decision? Are they next going to worry about a manager they don’t like? I’ve never seen anything as impotent as a congressman threatening the baseball exemption.

Even Michelle Malkin recognizes this overly partisan stupidity.