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Because this has nothing to do with politics ...
On Wednesday, 50 Senate Democrats sent a letter to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying that "racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports" and urged him to "formally support and push for a name change for the Washington Football team." Exactly zero Senate Republicans signed the letter, and now they're saying, hey, we weren't even invited to sign it so don't blame us! Which is a legitimate point. So, given the opportunity, would they have signed?
The general attitude among those who didn’t sign is that the Senate has much bigger problems on its plate, and it has a hard enough time tackling those issues. [...]

“Let’s move on. If you go back to Nevada and ask them what the most important issues are: It will be jobs, the economy and health care. And nobody will talk about the name of the Washington Redskins,” [Sen. Dean] Heller said. [...]

“Given the other important issues that we face as a Senate and given our lack of influence over that issue, I would say that the same energy should be devoted to helping to create more jobs,” [Sen. Rob] Portman said.

Yeah! They weren't sent to Washington to talk about sports, they were sent to get cracking on the economy and jobs and health care. And things like:

S.Res. 409: A resolution congratulating the Penn State University wrestling team for winning the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association Wrestling Championships.

... and:

S.Res. 358: A resolution commending the Seattle Seahawks for winning Super Bowl XLVIII and the 12th Man for their critical support.

... and:

S.Res. 194: A resolution congratulating the 1963 men’s basketball team of Loyola University Chicago on its induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the 50th anniversary of the team’s Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association.

... and:

S. 1040: A bill to provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy. (Sen. Rob Portman sponsored this one.)

... along with 53 similar resolutions congratulating athletes, urging people to get out and be physically active, and one encouraging people to play chess.

So shut up with all your whiny-ass political correctness. They're busy.

Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Fri May 23, 2014 at 07:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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