I honestly don’t know how much more of this the GOP can take. First they get their biggest donor base drawn into the nasty fight against their new Jim Crow 2.0 voting restriction laws to soothe their savaged 2020 election loss feelings. Then, to paraphrase the highly forgettable Laura Ingraham, McConnell tells his corporate donor base to Shut up and donate! Then MLB pulls the All Star game from Atlanta in protest, and hundreds of companies and corporations begin communicating on ways to stop these laws with public and corporate pressure before they become law. And that was all basically in one week.
But this is a new week, and with it a brand new crisis for the GOP to deal with. Nicolle Wallace reported today on Deadline White House that more than a dozen of the biggest, baddest mofo white shoe law firms have all joined forces to fight the GOP’s new voter restriction laws. They are all assigning select highly qualified voting rights and civil rights lawyers to form Lightening Strike Teams to instantly swoop down on state capitols, Austin, Texas, can you hear me? to evaluate and instantly challenge these laws in federal and state courts.
But here’s the kicker. These are not liberal arts law firms from Hollywood and Broadway, who represent clients like Meryl Streep and Robert Diniro, these are some of the longest established conservative law firms in the country. These are the kinds of law firms that boast names like Robert Mueller, and George Conway under the partner header on their stationary. And now they’re going to war with the GOP over voting rights.
Here’s the part I love. These are the kinds of high quality conservative law firms that wouldn’t touch Donald Trump with fire tongs because he doesn’t pay his legal bills. But they’re exactly the kind of GOP friendly law firm that somebody like Matt Gaetz and his father would love to hire to send a fleet of lawyers to defend him if he gets indicted for child sex trafficking charges. But will they be in such a hurry to represent Trump acolytes when they are engaged in a principled legal war against their racist voting laws And the cherry on top? These are the kinds of law firms that donate generously to the GOP, and where partners hold high ticket fund raisers for GOP candidates in their own homes. Stand up and take a bow, fool!
But the part I love the most is that the GOP is totally misunderstanding the reason for corporate interference in the first place. As Donny Deutsch explained it on Deadline White House today;
This is purely a business decision for these companies. They all operate under 5 and 10 year plans. And in 10 years, only 3 voters out of 10 will have been born before 1964. The Millennials are going to become the dominant voting bloc. And 1 out of 3 millennials, when applying for a job, apply at a company that they feel shares their values.
These companies are acting purely out of their own best self interest. If they want to attract the best talent, then they have to have a well displayed record of inclusive policies. If it comes down to a choice between tax breaks and loopholes, or their bottom line, especially when the idjits in the GOP are threatening their tax breaks, it’s a no brainer. And until the GOP learns that bitter life lesson, they are doomed to keep endlessly taking pratfalls, like The 3 Stooges, on that doomed road to Niagara Falls!
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