Oops, turns out Donald Sterling is a Republican.

Note: I landed a screenwriting gig for a short film earlier this month and have been busy with that for the past three weeks. I’m on scheduled downtime right now and will vanish again in a few days until that’s done.

Poking my head up for a moment to note the inevitable threw-the-pin-not-the-grenade stage of right-wing political masturbation. I’m not talking about Cliven Bundy, but rather the right’s rush to inform the entire galaxy that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling appears to maybe possibly kind of be a Democrat based on a couple of political donations he made in the past.

If your goal here is to smear Democrats with guilt-by-association tactics, there’s little point in trying to find out if the man is actually a Democrat or not. All you need to sling mud is mud, and the right found some. Unfortunately for them — and it really is unfortunate after they got in bed with Bundy — another racist hand grenade blew up in their face. Turns out Donald Sterling is a registered Republican.

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A path to better government and a lasting Democratic Senate Majority

It wouldn’t always be the worst thing in the world if Democrats in the Senate acted like Republicans in the House of Representatives. Republicans know their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act won’t succeed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some benefit to trying. It keeps their issues in the news and lets them campaign on trying to do something that their constituents want (even though polls routinely show that most Americans, including even some Republicans, don’t want the ACA repealed.)

The reason that opposition to the ACA has remained high while support for new gun regulations has fallen is because Republicans know how to keep their issues alive, and Democrats don’t.

With the Senate up for grabs, Democrats should dedicate the Senate’s agenda to debating and voting on a minimum wage hike, new gun regulations, a new tax package of cuts for the middle class and increases on the rich,  and new education spending even if it’s not paid for. Every single one of those policies has majority public support and is opposed by the Republican Party.

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