April 27, 2014

Begala Blunders: Warns Republicans Not to Defend Democrat and NAACP Benefactor Donald Sterling

In a Saturday afternoon tweet, former Bill Clinton campaign strategist and former CNN talking head Paul Begala showed that he’s quite a confused guy concerning Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling, as noted previously (here and here), has been caught on tape chiding a person who is apparently his girlfriend for “taking pictures with minorities” and “associating with black people.” Sterling sees her as a “delicate” “Latina or white girl” who shouldn’t “associate with black people.” He asks her not to bring black people, including NBA legend Magic Johnson, to games.

Given these developments, Begala gave a “friendly tip” to several conservatives and Republicans, specifically talk radio’s Sean Hannity and GOP Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. In the process, he betrayed a likely need to broaden his media consumption habits beyond the liberal bubble. Begala’s tweet follows the jump:


Not to worry, good buddy. Hannity, Paul, and Cruz won’t be manning the ramparts for Donald Sterling any time soon.

At the time of Begala’s tweet, it was already known for five hours or so (HT Ed Driscoll at PJ Media) that Sterling is a Democratic Party contributor who was until about 48 hours ago a bigtime pal of the archliberal Los Angeles branch of the NAAACP, which was scheduled to give him a lifetime achievement award (since withdrawn) at its 100th anniversary gala on May 15.

The blowback and ridicule directed at Begala from other tweeters was entertaining (partial HT to Twitchy):

“Sean the Producer” — “You may want to tell the NAACP to stop giving him Lifetime Achievement awards… considering he’s a Democrat.”

J. Robin Casey — “@PaulBegala demand NAACP take back award and give Democrat Sterling’s money back…waiting…waiting. Do it. Just do it! Come on, man.”

Empress Middle Shelf: “Bite me. Your kind reminds us of why we are not liberal dems.”

This afternoon, Begala made a pathetic attempt at a recovery tweeting: “I don’t care if he’s a Dem or Repub, I’ve denounced him. Where were you on Bundy?” The answer is that you can support somebody’s right to keep his land and his previously granted grazing rights without endorsing him entirely. The same can’t be said for a party whose candidates accept a man’s political donations, or an organization supposedly dedicated to improved race relations which plans to give a lifetime achievement reward to a person who has a problem with his acquaintances associating with any member of an entire racial group.

Don’t worry, Paul. The establishment press probably won’t point out your pathetic ignorance, so your exposure will likely be limited to the center-right alternative media, as usual, doing their job for them.

But you really ought to broaden your horizons if you want to claim to be truly informed. Doing so will prevent blunders like your Sterling-Republican tweet from recurring.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. His answer is also stupid since people were criticizing his calling Sterling a GOPer, not that he “denounced” him. Also, notice how Begala only denounced him when he thought he was Republican. Would he have made the same tweet directed at libs if he had actually knew Sterling was one? I seriously doubt it. Has he called out a lib for racist comments such as those made by Al Sharpton or Harry Reid? I don’t remember it. Doesn’t care if he (Sterling) is a Republican or Democrat my foot.

    Comment by zf — April 28, 2014 @ 12:30 am

  2. #1, excellent points.

    Comment by Tom — April 28, 2014 @ 12:34 am

  3. I heard the clips of this guy, wow, talk about your plantation mentality being projected by … a Democrat

    Talk about ripping the mask off the elites to reveal them for what they really are … self serving opinionated greedy egomaniacs. It reminds me of one of those B movie plot lines in the 70s and 80s. Sterling is the typical Democrat elitist, insufferably spouting his self righteousness by condemning others for not going with the program.

    Comment by dscott — April 28, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

  4. Except … Donald Sterling is not a Democrat. He is a registered Republican.
    Now I am gonna give you a short lesson here. when you are a business man, particularly in such industries as real estate where local legislation can effect your bottom line..you vote and donate to the candidate based on your business’ interest, not on party affiliation. That’s called being intelligent.
    But by all means kepp going off and claiming he is a democrat, and looking silly. the Cliven Owens thing was fun, I think this will be even more fun.

    Comment by Alpha Mailbox — April 28, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

  5. I NEVER claimed he’s as Democrat, O pretend-teacher. I wrote EXACTLY the following on Saturday:

    The evidence is admittedly thin and a bit dated, but to the extent it exists, that answer is, apparently, “one who supports and donates to liberal Democrats”

    But it’s a lot easier to go off on me about being “intelligent” than to properly research what I have written.

    Sterling has donated to Democrats.

    Sterling has supported to the NAACP to the point of being scheduled (until withdrawn) to receive a lifetime achievement award. The NAACP, ICYMI, is a collection of Democrats.

    Sterling’s Republican registration says nothing about how he votes. It may even be a leftover from decades ago and he’s just never changed it.

    Sterling’s involvement with and support of the NAACP until now says plenty.

    I would say “nice try,” but it wasn’t even that, O arrogant fool who has just been owned.

    Comment by Tom — April 28, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

  6. “Sterling’s Republican registration says nothing about how he votes. It may even be a leftover from decades ago and he just never changed it.”
    sigh.. well recess is over. now its time for a quick History fun-fact (with a little bit of fun math too:).
    Donald Sterling was first registered as a Republican in California in 1974. The state database’s records have listed him as a Republican since 2002:

    Donald T. Sterling who lives in Beverly Hills and was born on April 26, 1934 is indeed a registered Republican voter in L.A. County

    as a real estate mogul, Mr Sterling has gotten in hot water over the years because of his racist attitude and actions: Sterling and his wife, Rochelle, agreed to pay a record settlement of $2.7 million in 2009 regarding allegations that they discriminated against African Americans, Latinos and families with children at scores of apartment buildings they own around Los Angeles.
    this and multiple other events could have a lot to do with his “Association with the NAACP”.

    Comment by Alpha Mailbox — April 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  7. Interesting how you define “research”.

    Comment by Alpha Mailbox — April 28, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

  8. #3 and #4 — Seriously, dude/dudette, do you think you’re proving anything?

    You just confirmed that he’s GOP from decades ago, likely indicating, as I posited, that his registration is a product of inertia and not genuine current convictions. IOW, his registration substantively proves nothing.

    You acknowledge that he’s making nice with NAACP b/c of housing discrimination settlements, which I’ve also noted in previous posts, and which the Liberal Democrat NAACP doesn’t seem to mind, apparently b/c of his money.

    None of this is news to me — and if you would RESEARCH someone’s previous posts before criticizing them, you would know that. But that’s substantive work, to which you are apparently allergic.

    Comment by Tom — April 28, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

  9. Gee wilikers Tommy boy, you just wont let go when you thought you found a bone.
    this is why the Republicans will continue to lose big election after big election (don’t speak to me about congressional elections like i am an idiot who doesn’t know how gerrymandering works). the echo chamber crap.
    Study a little sun tzu, don’t go to battle if you don’t truly know yourself..your strengths and weaknesses. Lying to yourself only serves your adversary.
    Funny thing is I bet you think I am a dem. HAHAH
    Registered republican for life right here, brother Tom. (Orange County republican, I had the opportunity to meet with Ronald Reagan ( who was to the Left of Obama), and Richard Nixon ( who was to the left of both reagan and Obama),years ago) one that is sick of the crap, and the stupidity that is seriously relegating the GOP into the dustbin of history.

    Comment by Alpha Mailbox — April 28, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

  10. Yawwwwwwwwn … I don’t care who or what you are, just that you’re choose to be shockingly ignorant or stupid.

    Reagan to the left of Obama … gotta hand to to you, that made my night.

    I guess Tom Brady’s the greatest left-handed QB of all time. ROTFLMAO.

    You should try those lines out in a comedy skit.

    Comment by Tom — April 28, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

  11. Tom, the exchange here indicates a deep sensitive nerve has been hit by the expose’ of a liberal plantation elitist as a condescending racist. A nerve well worth exploiting from now to the November elections. Liberals are closet racists practicing plantation politics.

    Remember, liberal strategists have to work really hard to gin up racist charges against normal people via nuance like White Privilege. Disagree with a black person over politics and you’re labeled racist. There is no nuance here with Sterling, it’s just raw plantation racism by a liberal owner of a basketball team whose league is 70% black. Now isn’t that quite a picture! This is no different than the liberal persecution of black people who won’t toe the line on the liberal agenda like Condi Rice or Allen West. It’s plantation politics.

    Comment by dscott — April 29, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

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