It's not what you think that matters, it comes down to what TPTB think. It's not whether you are right as a pro-Rush fan or a anti-Rush fan is right, it really comes down to what TPTB feel is right. I'm not saying that's best or they are right, b/c I can point out what I feel is poor judgement on many of TPTB decisions.
Maybe TPTB just don't think Rush is strong enough. That he's just too soft for what plans Bird has for the future.