I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lawd. And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all of my life, oh Lawd Phil Collins In the air tonight
Oh Lord. Where to start with this. The GOP, to my mind, stopped being a functional national party in the second term of the George W Bush presidency. That was the last time that they had a coherent governing philosophy, with anything even remotely approaching a valid idea for conservative governance. And now it’s coming back to bite them on the ass.
Because starting with the Moscow Mitch McConnell edict of 2009, the GOP went from a functional party with at least passable governing philosophies, to a party based solely on obstruction, once they lose an election, especially as badly as they lost the 2020 election, they are not in a good place. Because when you lack any governing principle, ideas, or platform, when you start to lose, there isn’t any way to use ideas and ideology to turn people over to your side. The only thing you can do is to stop brown and black people from voting.
And following the debacle of 2020, that was the legislative strategy for Republicans in GOP dominated states.
As we speak, there are more than 250 separate voting rights bills in 40 GOP dominated or controlled states that are on the books to make life easier for the GOP in 2022. But there’s a problem. It isn’t going well fore the GOP.
The shining jewel of these efforts was supposed to be Georgia, where despite Biden winning the state, and two Democrats winning special elections to tip the Senate, the GOP still holds sway. And they came up with some real beauties to stem the tide. After more than a decade of no excuse absentee balloting, as well as restricting Sunday voting to one day a cycle, basically dismantling the Democrats Souls to the Polls advantage with African American churches.
But there’s a small problem with this plan. While the GOP spent their post Trump loss time licking their wounds, and plotting exclusion, following the 2016 debacle, the Democrats motivated and activated. Stacey Abrams and her minions of democracy went out and registered more than 700,000 new voters, who will be exempt from a purge, since they have voted in the latest election. And then, this year, Abrams went for the GOP’s soft spot. Corporate America.
In response to the Georgia legislatures newest assault on voting rights, Abrams, along with Black Voters Matter, went after the GOP’s major supporters. Delta Airlines, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, UPS, and several other major corporations based in Atlanta started hearing from the Democratic activists, reminding these companies of their corporate responsibility in their home states. And they went after the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, which released a statement professing that they endorse more inclusive policies for enabling voters to cast a ballot, while maintaining voter integrity.
And it worked. Today, the Georgia legislature announced that it was dropping their bills to drop Sunday voting, as well as dropping their bill to bar no excuse absentee mail in balloting. Next in line will be the insane restriction on giving people in lines water and food.
Once again, Georgia activism is leading the way. The GOP has long been a party that depends on large corporate donations in order to survive. If Democratic activist groups start hitting major corporations in any state with threats of public humiliation, much less a good, old fashioned boycott over their stances on voters rights in their home states, that is going to force a response. And they are going to put pressure on GOP legislatures to turn it down a notch, or three.
The GOP is in deep trouble. They are a stagnant party, already a minority party in the country, and their only way out is to restrict voting to make their minority a majority. But the Democrats have adapted and improved, and are now ready to fight the GOP in the arena they least want to fight in, corporate donations. The passage of HR1, the We The People Act would bury many of these GOP state laws. We shall see.
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