“‘It may seem odd that the ACLU has come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh,’ [ACLU] state chapter’s executive director, Howard Simon, said.” Only odd in the same way as expecting Bill Clinton to come to George Bush’s aid. Or for PETA to help out the cattleman’s association. In other words, yes, it is damnedodd!
But once one thinks about it, it probably should’ve been expected. The ACLU are defenders of our rights. Limbaugh does have a right to privacy (even though Limbaugh is on record as saying that people are not guaranteed a right to privacy), and it sure seems like this investigation is trampling on those rights. The ACLU does not discriminate who they are helping. They’ve helped Nazi groups win the right to demonstrate. Helping Limbaugh seems right in line with that.
Simon continued his statement with: “‘But we have always said that the ACLU’s real client is the Bill of Rights and we will continue to safeguard the values of equality, fairness and privacy for everyone, regardless of race, economic status or political point of view.'” From that point of view, it is not odd at all.
It is ironic, though, that a group which Limbaugh has villified through the years is now assisting him.