NASCAR has never really been known as a hotbed of progressive politics, but an alarming descent into an economic abyss can make for some strange bedfellows. First, you had Bill Elliott calling on NASCAR to bailout struggling teams.
Bill Freaking Elliott, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, the veritable personification of stock car racing’s down-home, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps philosophy thinks NASCAR should rescue struggling teams?? Seriously???
It’s impossible to imagine how such a philosophy squares with all that “free-market economy” claptrap screamed by Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right wing, but apparently, a threat to a person’s livelihood can quickly modify a man’s stance on the welfare state. And while not quite the headlong rush into out-and-out Socialism that Elliott seems to favor, crew chief Brad Parrott’s recent suggestion that drivers take a pay cut in an effort to preserve some jobs in the sport is no less stunning for its repudiation of traditional, conservative dogma favored by most of those in NASCAR.
Next up: Jeff Gordon weighs in with a reasoned treatise on the rewards afforded by a national healthcare system that builds on and improves the best vestiges of the Canadian, British, French, and Swedish models.