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It shouldn’t be this hard

One can argue that it was inevitable that a House controlled by the most radical right wing party in the Nation’s history and an Executive Office controlled by one of its most progressive occupants would inevitably lead to stultifying gridlock.

The GOP gave up any pretense of governing last week when Speaker John Boehner threw his lot in with the BENGHAZI deadenders and formed a special committee to investigate what happened that day. (I’m sure you remember the committees he called for to investigate the 60 US diplomatic staffed killed under George W. Bush’s watch. No? Odd.) The Democrats can participate at a 7 to 5 disadvantage, or they can boycott; it really doesn’t matter. Boehner and the GOP are not out for legitimacy. They are, quite simply, having their final, very public nervous breakdown.

Obamacare has succeeded in the way it was designed to succeed. The GOP was rooting for its utter failure, goaded on by groupthink and the admittedly rocky technical problems of the first month. It drank the koolaid thinking that the glitches portended disaster for Obama and the Democrats, obviously unable to comprehend that a website can be fixed, and that dozens of groups would be working to ensure massive enrollment. It went through a brief period of “Obamacare Trutherism”, saying the books had been cooked, or that no one had paid their premiums yet. The final nail in the coffin was today’s testimony by health insurance executives who praised the ACA, frustrating GOP representatives.

And last week’s jobs report showed the economy adding 288,000 jobs in April, beating predictions, with the unemployment rate dropping to 6.3%. (More “cooking the books” on that good news.) Republicans have tried their damnedest to stifle the economy, making voters hurt for daring to elect and re-elect the skinny black guy to the White House. And yet, the funny thing is that people want to work, people want to start and run businesses, people want to make a living and have luxuries. The GOP can stamp its feet all it wants and that won’t change. So the economy grows, assisted by Administration and Federal Reserve policies. If Boehner & Co. had not obstructed, growth would now be greater and the unemployment rate below 6%. They can therefore claim no hand in the upswing in the economy; it was mostly due to Pres. Obama’s policies.

From failure to act on climate change, fixing the broken immigration system, and extending unemployment insurance for those still without work, the GOP has proven both unable and unwilling to solve problems. On any matter of national import it has abdicated responsibility for action. In any decently run company, all the Congressional Republicans would have been fired.

November shouldn’t be as close a run thing as it will turn out to be. Democrats—ESPECIALLY IN BLUE STATES—should be comfortably in the lead in the generic ballot. However, the polling varies wildly; a view of Real Clear Politics’ latest poll roundup for Monday, May 5th shows Rasmussen with Democrats up by 4 and CNN with Republicans up by 4. Anyone who claims he can predict what will happen in six months is a lying liar.

The one thing we can control, however, is voting. If Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents turn out in numbers similar to Presidential years, Pres. Obama will have a Democratic House and Senate for his final two years.

And yet…

Yes, our good liberal friend Ed Schultz, six months before an election even more important than that of 2012, was on the air, fulminating about the TPP trade pact, decrying it as the most dastardly thing to have ever crossed his consciousness, and if Pres. Obama goes through with it then there’s not difference between the two parties and you may as well stay home.

And, of course, the liberal MSNBC spends most of its programming day cutting away at Pres. Obama, cut by small cut, griping large and small, while lauding the prospect of Hillary 2016. Call me crazy, but it’s almost as if many noted liberals have checked out, as they’ve been proven to be wrong on issue after issue during the Obama Administration, and are hoping for better luck with the next, more pliable Democrat.

Here’s the thing: fuck them.

They have only the power you give them. Pundits, like Apollo on the Star Trek episode “Who Mourns for Adonais”, suddenly wither away when viewers don’t watch them and readers don’t read them. They are the most ephemeral of media constructs, put in place to distract, dissimulate, and fill in the hours of programming with mindless blather. No, I don’t want to know Dana Perino’s or Dana Milbank’s opinions on the crisis in Ukraine. Why? Because they know nothing about it, except what they glean from other pundits. Likewise, their and their fellow pundits’ opinions on anything of passing importance is predicated on mere speculation and how it looks as political theater. They’re paid to talk, even when they know nothing about the subject.

With all due respect, Mr. Schultz, you’re paid vastly more than I am. I should be manning the barricades against TPP or any other “bad” trade pact. And I’m not. Firstly, because unlike you I trust this President. And secondly, you, Mr. Schultz, will continue to get paid your exorbitant salary regardless of what happens in November. The rest of us out here in the real world—and yes, Los Angeles is much more than Hollywood—need a functioning, progressive government. That won’t happen if we listen to professional leftists such as yourself and sit on our hands. You can either roll up your sleeves and join the work, or shut up. But listening to you whinge is not something we can afford to do again.

I will be writing about this at length again and again as we gear up towards November. Democratic voters have to be given a reason to vote. Citizenship should be enough. But, okay, here’s one: sticking it to pundits who think you’re too stupid to make up your own minds. Pundits who think you’re as infantile as Fox News viewers. Every time a liberal pundit expresses that voters should stay home, or waxes rhapsodic for the Second Coming of Clinton, that should be urging enough to go to your polling station—or, better yet, sign up for an absentee ballot—and vote straight Democrat. Do it. It will make Chris Hayes shed a tear while he Skypes with Glenn Greenwald.

 


113 Responses to “It shouldn’t be this hard”


  1. May 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    FFS not again. What’s it gonna take for Ed to wake the fuck up?

  2. May 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    you are absolutely on point!!

    thank you so much for this!

  3. 7 Vicki
    May 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    LL—great essay. For what its worth I agree with every word.

    I watched Ed with increasing dismay today.
    He is so positive about the trade agreements. When did he get to be such an expert on international trade?
    I am not informed about trade but I know our President and I trust him. If PBO wants these agreements they must have an upside that outweighs whatever Ed is on about.

    Ed started out a few months ago vouching for the keystone pipeline. The outcry he faced was so great he announced he “evolved” and now is screeching about how The President Must, Must stop the pipeline.

    Like everybody here I remember Ed’s campaign against Obamacare. He was a fool and a jerk telling Democrats to not vote to protest .
    Eric is right on this one. Ed is either a GOP plant or a complete idiot. Either way, no good for our country. His spot on MSNBC is safe for his lifetime, isn’t it?

  4. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    It is disgusting when some asshole from comfortable suburbia profits from the pain of others. It was Nigerians who protested and raised awareness on social media and on the ground so that the world would take notice. Then you have some douchebag from the comfort of her cushy life profiting off the pain, blood, sweat, and hard work of those affected.

    Some people in this life are sick, twisted, and ugly.

    • May 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Well you know, the natives can’t do anything by themselves.

      Have I mentioned that people have been pissing me off this week?

      • 11 GGAIL
        May 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        LL, you said the truth!

      • 12 nathkatun7
        May 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Thank you for yet another of your righteous posts! Your essay must be shared widely! Pundits, like Ed Shultz, fooled people in 2010 and we ended up with the teabag bozos now dominating a dysfunctional House of Representatives. The shame was mainly on them. Democrats and independents who voted in 2012 for President Obama must not be fooled again. If we let these so called progressive pundits, a few of them former right wing Republicans, fool us again by saying that not voting in the 2014 midterms sends a message to President Obama and the Democrats, then the shame will be on us.

  5. May 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Ed is as Ed does. If people haven’t realized he’s a grifter and fall for his schtick, then more fool them. They deserve every crap coming their way. You have a Black president heroically cleaning up the mess the previous two white presidents left for him and putting America on a stronger footing for the long term and all he gets is grief.

    Grief from Republicans is par for the course. Grief from so called liberals is just cutting of their noses to spite their faces. TPP hasn’t been finalized. It is nowhere near finalized yet you have gasbags foaming at the mouth. This is not the first trade deal President Obama has orchestrated and it won’t be the last. He has never sold workers or the little guy out. That’s not who he is.

    Ed wants people to believe that the President working hard to lift the minimum wage for millions of workers is the same one looking to screw them over? Pfft…please. That’s a bag of crap. If President Obama can get Richard Trumpka – yes, that Richard Trumpka – of the AFL-CIO singing his praises on past trade deals, then it’s obvious he’s not going to be making a bad deal for Americans.

    Ed is a grifter. Plain and simple. The sooner people wake up and realize that, the better for them.

    • May 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      BooooooooooooooooM!!!!!!!!

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Definitely agree, NW.

      Keep hacking away at ‘em, LL. Great piece.

    • 18 GGAIL
      May 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Nerdy, well said!

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Nerdy, I also think that people like Ed are inherently lazy. They don’t read or try to understand the issues they glibly comment on, but accept some cursory analysis and not only draw false conclusions from it but foist their sloppy thinking on the world. The president is trying to create markets for American products; he’s working to promote US manufacturing and bring jobs back home. You don’t have to be a trade expert to know what he’s doing, you just have to listen to him–a skill sorely lacking in the Ed type of pundit.

    • 20 nathkatun7
      May 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Very well said, NW! I have little trust for the born again right wingers who all of a sudden become holier than thou progressives.

  7. 21 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Evening all! I see that this facebook post from one of our PA State Reps fits right in…

    Brian Sims
    5 hours ago · Edited

    No kidding, the House is currently debating a Bill “providing for the display of the national motto ‘In God We Trust’ in classrooms and other areas in public school buildings!” Afterward I’m expecting Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon to be brought back from the dead and honored for their national service. How many jobs does this create? How many children does this insure? How many bridges does this repair? We get the legislature we elect. #weCANdoBETTER — at Pennsylvania State Capitol.

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Alycee–this is a perfect example of why we need to get a Democratic governor in Nov. We may not be able to stop the stupid in the PA legislature, but we can get a veto pen working overtime if we GOTV.

    • 23 nathkatun7
      May 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      And these people have the audacity to criticize fundamentalist muslims like the Taliban in Afghanistan!

  8. 24 MightyPamela
    May 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Let me just say: <3 LL <3

  9. 25 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    President Obama just landed at LAX.

  10. 26 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    LIVE NOW: President Obama arrives at Los Angeles: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  11. 27 Don
    May 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    LL, as always you’ve hit it out the park, but let me put a face and a point on what’s really going on. The black guy in the whitehouse is doing what needs to be done to save this country and a lot of white democrats choose to not get onboard. This President has gone grey trying to pull this country in the right direction and a week can’t go by without some white elected democrat or white so call democratic pundit opening up a mouth and dismissing what President Obama has done. Are you fucking kidding me? Like health care just falls out the fucking sky or, oh well, anybody could have saved the auto industry. Never mind that the last white democrat that occupied the oval office almost got run out the oval office. He also pretty much told gay military members to go hide their sexuality and didn’t do a goddamn thing about gay marriage. You’ve got democrats in red state doing anything to avoid being associated with President Obama, and don’t tell me some shit about they don’t want to upset their base. Those democrats in red states act as though they don’t want anyone to know that they are working with President Obama. They would rather disrespect this President than tell their base that this President is trying to save their lives. Hell, you even had white democrats refusing to help President Obama close down Gitmo, goddamn Gitmo! Every goddamn white democrat ought to be praising President Obama from sunrise to sunset, anything less than that is unacceptable.

  12. May 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  13. 33 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Excellent piece LL! Couldn’t agree w/ you more.

    Nice Star Trek reference too! #LLAP :-)

  14. May 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Yesterday i wrote here that the gentleman whose car breached White House perimeter was probOably confused

  15. May 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Love Love Love this piece of yours LL/….esp this line…

    Firstly, because unlike you I trust this President

  16. May 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Righteous rant, LL! Thank you! Here’s the thing, MSNBC is owned by the same corporations who benefit from Republican policies. They are going to constantly criticize the President from the “left” while serving to assist Republicans in the elections.

  17. 39 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  18. May 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Oh wonderful, this Mary Strawberry person is from L.A.

  19. 43 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to our two birthday babies – 57andfemale and LDS!!!
    May you both enjoy an amazing day to start off an amazing year! :-)

    [So, um, 57... are you gonna change your TOD identity now?]

  20. 44 carolyn
    May 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    You’d think these stupid grifters on the “left” would learn, but they don’t seem to. Did you send this piece to Ed, LL? He got grief on the Keystone pipeline, so he needs to get grief on this matter. Especially, on “no difference” between R & D! He should, of all people, be encouraging Democrats to vote, vote, vote. Why do leftie Democrats get so involved in their own little hobbyhorse they don’t see the big picture? Such total immaturity and selfishness.

    I don’t tweet, but I will try to email, and I think Ed is very susceptible to tweets, and wants to be liked. SO…….all of us need to contact him with our outrage We can build on LL’s piece. He should know we cannot afford a 2010 repeat!!!!

    • May 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Placing litmus tests before this election is just insane. Ed will be fine no matter who controls Congress. We won’t.

      • 46 carolyn
        May 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        Yes. That’s what my husband says every day. “We can’t survive a Republican Congress and president. “These” people will always be fine.”

        Ed needs to hear a LOT from people like us. I do think he wants to be liked and popular…..so he should know we’re pissed!!!

  21. 48 Nena20409
    May 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    LL great job.

    About 500K plus total watch Ed Schultz.. He lets his emotions get the best of him.

    He is 1001% wrong for this TPP if it ever gets signed isn’t going to be done in the next 4-5 months. 2014 November is the Only month that matters. I don’t get the rush for TPP debate now.

    Distraction or Laziness on Ed’s Part? Looking for a specialized niche to differentiate from Rev AL and the Alex W that comes before his show? That is all I can come up with.

    Once the ratings start to tank, Ed will do a 180 and abandon his current obsession.

  22. 51 Nena20409
    May 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Chips, NW, LL, etc can You folks make this available at TOD?

    Rev AL held a funeral for ACA GOPers’ feverish talking points.

    It was buried 6′ under with flowers and Church looking background.

    Well Played Reverend.

    http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation/watch/mourning-loss-of-anti-obamacare-talking-point-249653827608

  23. 53 Nena20409
    May 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/05/07/3435156/women-save-money-birth-control/

    Women in the United States saved an estimated $483 million on their out-of-pocket costs for the birth control pill, according to new data from the IMS Institute on Healthcare Informatics. The health care data company found that Obamacare has “dramatically reduced” women’s out-of-pocket costs now that insurers are required to cover preventative care without charging an additional co-pay.
    Compared to the data from 2012, about 24 million more birth control pill prescriptions were filled without a co-pay in 2013. That means each of the women filling those prescriptions ended up saving an average of $269. Those savings can make all the difference for women who are struggling to afford the reproductive care they need. According to the IMS Institute’s data, there was 4.6 percent increase in prescriptions for birth control between 2012 and 2013.

  24. 55 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks LL for this excellent commentary. As you, NW and many others have indicated, Schultz is a grifter. It makes no difference to him personally whether the GOP controls the House/Senate. I’ve tuned off that blowhard since 2010/2011 and never looked back.

  25. May 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Pundits are infuriating, and sure to become more so as the November election gets closer.

    David Ignatius writes opinions on foreign policy at WaPo and is revered by MSM colleagues.

    Yesterday’s essay is one of the laziest columns I’ve seen (outside of Thomas Friedman and Richard Cohen who wrote the book on lazy, closed-minded opinions).

    He basically props up Maureen Dowd’s “Barry needs to grow a pair” thoughts, but attacks PBO in a less personal way.

    Don’t bother clicking on his essay, which is truly poorly written, and would probably earn a C or C- at any college USA.

    Gallup headline from April 10, 2014:
    Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds
    Median approval rating of 45% in Asia is highest on record

    Not only are the MSM “reporters” running out of attacks on this Administration, so are the highly paid CW pundits. I hope all their reputations sink to where they belong – to the worthless level.

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Should have posted link to the graph above.

      Hmmm, I wonder what happened in 2008 that caused the US favorability to stop its downward slide to 34% and instead become an upward trend?

      http://www.gallup.com/poll/168425/global-image-leadership-rebounds.aspx?ref=image

      Global Image of U.S. Leadership Rebounds
      Median approval rating of 45% in Asia is highest on record
      by Julie Ray
      April 10, 2014

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      I’m sorry, but if don’t know what CW means? Could you help me out with PUMA too please. I think I lost a lot of memory with my sight and it isn’t coming back. :( There was another one too but I forgot. . .

      • May 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        CarolMae,

        You know you don’t need to apologize to *family* here at TOD!

        We’re simply thrilled that you can join us and that your pain/allegeric reactions have subsided. Onward to full recovery!

        PUMAs was a term that may have been coined by the Rothschild bigot in 2008 after Senator Obama clinched the Dem nomination for President.

        PUMA = Party Unity My Ass

        President-elect Obama was so gracious to Hillary and that wing of the party. He has such a forgiving nature that GOP/Koch/MSM mistake for weakness.

        PBO and his team are squarely focused on Nov 2014, regardless of what get thrown in his way (both domestically and internationally) between now and then.

        From twitter, it appears that MSM seems focused on professional spectator sports. They truly are a waste of space.

  26. May 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Good Evening Everyone:-)

    Thank you so much LL for this peace…I am so pissed off with Ed. We’re still recovering from the beat down of 2010…I remember it well, when he said “President Obama would end up in the unemployment line” I wrote him a letter..never responded…He’s trying to do the same now. Unbelievable!!!…I am with LL anti-Obama sells…after all they all owned by GOP.

  27. 65 carolyn
    May 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Just would like to insert something positive and good. I just finished reading final exams for my Composition class. They did well. I’m especially pleased with their comments about the book we read.
    We read Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, about South Africa in the 1940s. It is VERY up to date and on point for today. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. It has much relevance to the U.S., and we work on that as well as the book.
    Anyway, reading their comments, I see growth and compassion. Several of them said the book changed their ideas about the the importance and necessity of forgiveness, and not judging. They are 18, and this is important. Realize, they come from very red, rightwing Christian areas, where forgiveness and not judging are not highly valued.
    I saw real improvement in their writing and reading and understanding. I feel very privileged to teach these young people. The future of the country will be in good hands.
    Well, I’m sitting on my couch listening to thunderstorm and wind warnings on the TV…..usual Oklahoma in the spring.

    • May 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Just want to say I appreciate that you’re such a great teacher, just the sort that students will say made a difference in their lives.

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      I would like to say my thanks as well…

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Ditto to what Meta said.

      Also, speaking of South Africa (from today):

    • May 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you Carolyn for being a teacher the students will thank over and over in their lifetime. You deserve lunch all year and a pay raise. :)
      Enjoy Teachers Appreciation week. <3

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      May 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Carolyn, seeing that kind of growth in understanding among young people gives us hope for the future. Young people won’t accept the narrow-minded, judgmental bigotry of older generations. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. It is something positive and good.

    • 71 globalcitizenlinda
      May 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      thanks for your great dedication to the young and growing minds – yes the global future is in their hands;

      I have read “Cry the Beloved Country” so many times and have taken multiple exams about it – indeed it is one of the gems of literature

  28. May 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    The missing Malaysian plane has caused CNN to cross over the line of irrelevance.

    I doubt they’ll ever be able to convince viewers to tune in on an ongoing basis:

    And from early April — CNN literally showed a YouTube video from a viewer who video recorded CNN’s coverage of the Chile earthquake. Kind of like Stephen Colbert’s infinity mirror, substituting CNN for infinity.

  29. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  30. 74 Nena20409
    May 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Blake James, former Tennis Star. I don’t believe he was involved. But since this was his house the media would be wanting to dig up some dirt. He had rented his mansion out. Now 4 people are dead and the house burned down in FL.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/05/07/three-bodies-found-in-fire-at-home-of-james-blake-former-tennis-star/

  31. 75 hopefruit2
    May 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    FLOTUS to appear with Kellie Pickler on ABC’s “Nashville” tonight. I don’t watch this show, so if anyone sees it, please let us know :) :)

    http://www.eonline.com/news/533516/first-lady-michelle-obama-to-guest-star-on-nashville-y-all-plus-which-country-starlet-is-joining-her

  32. 78 99ts
    May 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Almost belated birthday wishes to 57 and LDS – hope you are still dancing singing and celebrating

  33. May 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    This post….is what George Clooney was talking about.. a few years back…We’ve accomplished so much more since then, plus the success of ObamaCare..I have no idea what these weak ass dems are up to. I dare hear any excuse for not campaigning with PBO.
    sick of ‘em…Grow a Spine will ya!

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      May 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Here is one of those tweets I think we all should be retweeting, especially in contrast to Ed Schultz’ garbage. Good, solid, meaningful tweets rarely seem to get lots of retweeting attention.

  34. May 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    WASHINGTON — “I am a lawyer’s judge,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said last year. “I write very technically.”

    That was true at the time. But something has changed in the current Supreme Court term. In opinions concerning human rights abuses, the death penalty and, most notably, affirmative action, Justice Sotomayor has found her voice. “She’s setting a public agenda,” said Cristina Rodriguez, a law professor at Yale. “She’s looking for her moments. And her willingness to talk about how biography informs judgments challenges a lot of people’s notions about what the law is supposed to do.”

    Justice Sotomayor, 59, is approaching her fifth anniversary on the Supreme Court, where she has emerged as an increasingly confident figure. In the last term, she asked more questions than any other justice. In the current one, she has staked out positions that have led to testy exchanges with colleagues across the ideological spectrum. She is a kind of folk hero to the adoring crowds who attend her public appearances by the thousands. Her memoir, which told the story of her ascent from a housing project in the Bronx, was a best seller. Some call her “the people’s justice.”………..

  35. May 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    • May 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Did they have a hearing?

      • 85 Nena20409
        May 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        Yes on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 with some of the big names in the Insurance Industries. Note how the Cablers and the TV Media ignored this hearing for the answers given by the Executives didn’t fit the GOP narrative of Job losses, Hindrance of employment due to ACA, Dropping of coverage…….etc, etc.

        Today, Sen Reid called out Chuck Todd and the Media for Not holding the GOP in congress accountable.

  36. May 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    “In the week since announcing it was banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, with the hopes of getting approval from the league’s owners to force him to sell the team, little has been known of the NBA’s exact legal strategy.

    While the league’s constitution, publicly revealed for the first time by the league last Tuesday, made it clear that grounds exist to remove an owner if that owner “fail(s) or refuse(s) to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association,” it remained unclear what contracts Sterling might have violated when he made his racist statements in a private conversation with his mistress V. Stiviano that was later published by TMZ.

    But sources with knowledge of the league’s strategy say there are, in fact, actual contracts that it will maintain Sterling violated should he choose to fight the league’s desire to force him to sell the team if the league can get the required 75 percent of owners to agree to make the move.

    One of those documents, which Sterling signed when he first bought the Clippers in 1981, and signed various amended versions since, states that an owner will not take any position or action that will materially and adversely affect a team or the league. Owners also sign morals clauses, which state that they will be upheld to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior. When morals clauses are enacted and result in termination of agreements, including endorsement deals, the courts are often charged with interpreting who was right, but sources with knowledge of the NBA’s legal strategy believe that they have enough to force Sterling to sell…….”

  37. 91 dotster3
    May 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Really disturbing—–Hobby Lobby’s Green manages to get a suburban Ok City PUBLIC school dist. to agree to begin teaching the Bible next fall, goal is to get the Bible into the curriculum of schools nationwide. Theocracy—yay! Agggggghhhhhhh. And again, please vote and save us from the narrow-minded religious extremists.

    http://globegazette.com/news/national/bible-curriculum-part-of-green-evangelization-push/article_b2edcaf4-8ace-5fb8-8f65-7210eb3419ca.html

  38. 92 amk for obama
    May 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    They’re paid to talk, even when they know nothing about the subject.

    Yup.

  39. 93 99ts
    May 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Rachel has to be the ONLY pundit who fully researches her program – why the MSM news programs cannot do the same is to their absolute shame. If the truth was out there the GOP would never win another election.

    • 94 No Child Left Behind
      May 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      I am with you on this, 99ts.

      As for Ed, sometimes I think he gets off his meds, particularly when he rails against TPP or the pipeline he once was against, then was for, then is against now. What a poor man!

  40. 95 Debra
    May 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    What is up with Katie Couric on CNN just now trying to talk about Michelle Obama’s Let’s move campaign because she has some film coming out? She is being a real witch.

    • 96 No Child Left Behind
      May 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Nothing is wrong with her. She has the common punditry disease. It requires much intellect to cover serious issues. It’s so much easier to look pretty under a kilo of make up and blablabla especially if one finds something negative to say about the Obamas. One doesn’t need research, facts or preparation to say something bad or negative about the President and his wife. Perhaps a little imagination? There again, no need to work hard at it. The right has a sleuth of topic to select from. The embarrass du choix is the only problem. Shame? Who has shame these days? Anything goes, doesn’t it?

    • May 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Katie has sunk to CNN?

  41. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  42. 99 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  43. May 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  44. 102 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Abby Huntsman ‏@HuntsmanAbby · 30m
    How could I be so late to Game of Thrones? Show is amazing.

    —–

    Dear Abby: Maybe because you are slow at many things.

  45. 104 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    https://twitter.com/drradforsenate/status/464144586135195648

  46. 105 Dudette
    May 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  47. May 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Great piece LL. We have our work cut out for us

  48. May 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Should have posted on the last thread…

  49. 108 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

  50. 109 vcprezofan2
    May 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  51. 110 JER
    May 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    LIVE NOW: Awaiting President Obama’s remarks at USC – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  52. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    May 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    there are some subjects, terms and phrases originating from the gop that I will not use or re-tweet because it just reinforces the idea in the minds of other voters and the general public

  53. May 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm


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