It must be so annoying to Democrats that this idiot .1%-er Donald Sterling stepped on the Cliven Bundy, Republican racist
But Tomasky is right, I think, to say Sterling sure wasn't much of a Democrat.
The guy is a billionaire, yet he's only on record giving $5,000 to Gray Davis in 2002 and $2,000 to Bill Bradley in 1989. In my book, that makes Sterling just not a political donor at all. How does a guy with that much money avoid getting hit up more than once a decade? He must be fiercely resistant to giving money. I'm not even a millionaire and I gave $500 to Russ Feingold in 1992. Does that make you see me as a Democrat? It was more than 20 years ago!
Yes, but $5,000 to Gray Davis 2002. It seems to me that back then, liberals were irked at Davis for being too conservative. That link goes to Wikipedia, which footnotes a San Francisco Examiner article from February 2000 titled "Liberal voters souring on Davis":
"It's a good point when people say, 'Is he a Democrat?' " said Kitty McKnight, a high school teacher and delegate from Pasadena. "I suspect some of us who may be considered progressive, maybe even a little radical, are a little uncomfortable, to put it kindly, are very uncomfortable with some of the decisions he's made."And as long as we're looking back, in the late 80s, Bill Bradley was a policy wonk Senator who specialized in tax reform and voted for Reagan's spending cuts. In the 2000 presidential election, Bradley ran to the left of Al Gore. Sterling didn't give him any money then.
Union members, who worked harder than any other constituency to elect Davis, found themselves passing out flyers at the convention targeting the governor for his failure to give home health care workers an adequate raise. "Governor Davis has the wrong budget," they read.
"It is surprising," said Jeanine Meyer Rodriguez with the Service Employees International Union, which was passing out the flyers. "We have been doing this so long under Republicans and then we really pinned our hopes on Gray Davis. We really thought he got it, and it's startling to us that he really didn't understand it fully."
So I'm not buying this Sterling, the racist Democrat meme, but I'm happy to see it undercut the Cliven Bundy, the racist Republican meme.