The Democrats had a nearly flawless plan to ram through their federal takeover of elections, H.R. 1. They just had to wait for some southern Republicans to hinder poor minorities' ability to vote, play the racially-charged "victim" card, and then insist that a federal solution was needed to override racist election laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures. Not only was the plan sophisticated and anti-racist, they thought, but surely none of these backwater racist Republicans would see through the trap. Or so believed the out-of-touch, coastal elites who created it.
But the Democrats' anti-racist counter-offensive had an Achilles' Heel. Sure, they laid all the groundwork. They singled out Georgia, with its large urban minority population, where Democrats have been crafting the narrative of race-based voter suppression for years. They reserved the domain name "Jim Crow 2.0" three weeks before Georgia Republicans unveiled their election law. They rhetorically connected the U.S. Senate filibuster to H.R. 1, the Corrupt Politicians Act, as if it were the only obstacle standing in the way of its passage. And when Georgia Republicans finally signed the bill into law, Democrats high and low, along with their media allies, immediately pounced with their well-crafted stockpile of invectives and slogans. The only problem was: the law isn't racist.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) explained on last night's Pray Vote Stand, "I think we actually caught these folks off guard, to be quite honest with you. They thought we were going to do something else." The Democrats' earliest claims were easily proven false. As even the Washington Post, MSNBC, and PolitiFact have pointed out, the bill increased early voting hours, provided ballot drop boxes, allowed poll workers to distribute water, and replaced arbitrary signature matching with (free) voter ID requirements.
But when Democrats realized they were throwing spaghetti at a ceiling fan, they switched tactics and ordered their corporate cronies into action. As Kemp described it, "These folks are pros at what they're doing. They are shaking these companies down." Apparently, the Left thinks policy decisions should be decided by whomever can throw the most harmful tantrum.
And they really did a number on the corporations, judging from their absurd responses. Major League Baseball (based in New York, which has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia) decided to punish the state by relocating its all-star game to Colorado (which also has more restrictive voting laws). FRC's Ken Blackwell remarked, "If you want to get into the corporate offices of Delta and Coca-Cola, what do you have to do? You have to show a photo I.D." The list goes on.
The furor may die down soon -- whenever the media moves on to a new Republican-bashing narrative. "Many folks in the corporate community are now realizing that they have been played," said Kemp. They were told the bill was racist, and so reacted reflexively, but now that the facts are finding daylight, the Georgia boycott bandwagon just looks silly. Kemp promised, "we're winning this battle."
We have the "best constitutional republic ever created and designed," said Blackwell. "Not perfect, but perfectible, and the best... because we are prosperous, we are fair, and we are free." He said, "the most vocal element of the Democratic Party ... are trying to decouple local communities and states from their constitutionally designed right to administer elections." They would willingly surrender the democratic norms that made us prosperous. They are "stuck on stupid," according to Blackwell. And in Georgia, they're losing.
Watch the entire Pray Vote Stand for the latest on the Democrats' losing fight against election reform below and pray with us for the truth to continue to prevail.