- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2005

Baseball is as American as mom, apple pie and left-wing zealot George Soros trying to buy John Kerry the last presidential election.

At least this is the position of the Jonathan Ledecky investment group, which has added Soros to its ranks in its quest to acquire the Washington Nationals.

The risk is obvious.

All too many of the clubby owners of baseball, of whom President George Bush was a member at one time, are certain to be having that fingernails-against-a-chalkboard reaction to the news that the multi-billionaire native of Hungary is part of the Ledecky investment group.

The Ledecky group is betting that Soros has enough billions to look vaguely presentable on baseball’s doorstep.

This will be no easy task, considering his baggage could strain the backs of a multitude of personal aides.

Soros comes to the table with an over-the-top political agenda, starting with his support of the extremists with MoveOn.org, his push to legalize marijuana and his Nazi allusions to the Bush administration.

He has said the Bush White House is guided by a “supremacist ideology” that evokes memories of his childhood in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

“When I hear Bush say, ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ it reminds me of the Germans,” he said. “My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me.”

His is a flawed assertion that rises to folly, for likeminded rhetoric against the iron-fisted regimes of the Nazis and Soviets would have led to his desensitization.

This simple truth apparently eludes his intellect.

But that is the grating emptiness of Soros, who is just full of himself enough to make Peter Angelos look like the District’s best buddy.

Soros made his billions in currency dealing and venture capitalism. His expertise in those areas extend to the war on terror. This kind of conceit is hardly limited to him.

The conceit is often expressed by those who play make-believe characters on celluloid and somehow become geo-political authorities as a result.

Soros is able to renew his interest in baseball after failing to remove President Bush from office, the previous “central focus” of his life and “a matter of life or death.”

Soros, of course, did not pass away because of President Bush’s victory in November, perhaps a miracle of science or just plain luck.

It is a good thing President Bush was able to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the East Capitol playground this season.

It could be his last pitch there.

Really, can Soros check his considerable ego at the door to RFK Stadium?

Or can we expect to see MoveOn.org signage inside the stadium and the releasing of white doves before each game?

Instead of singing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” perhaps Soros could implore the supporters of the Nationals to belt out, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

Works well with others is not the first quality that comes to mind with Soros, and he is the antithesis of the wallflower type. He is a mass of agendas who hides behind the political venom of the groups that he supports.

A stake in the Nationals could provide Soros with an almost infinite number of ways to push his causes.

Instead of bat day at the stadium, the Nationals could have rose day in honor of Georgia’s “Rose Revolution,” fostered in part by organizations that received funding from his foundation.

They could hold bobblehead day at the stadium, using the likeness of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.

RFK Stadium could become the must-see sacred temple of every nut job organization on the left, from the brick-throwing anarchists to the nuclear-freeze performing artists.

In a new twist on an old saw, they held a baseball game at the stadium and a political rally broke out.

And a one, two, three:

“Take me out to the ball game.

“Take me out to the crowd.

“Buy me some riot gear and pepper spray, and I don’t care if they ever get in my face.”

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