The Chamber embraces Biden, and Republicans are livid
[ Editor’s Note: It is an age old mother’s saying, “Actions have consequences.” What we all have had a front row seat on over the last few days is Mitch McConnell taking the Republican party down a dead end road.
His arm twisting to make sure that Republicans do not cross over to vote ‘guilty’ on the Trump impeachment is going to brand that group as Banana Republicans as long as they are in office. I would advise them that is a bad road to take.
Consider how we already have a growing ‘who’s who’ of American businesses quickly getting off of the insurection political suicide train by stating that they were stopping all political funding and ‘evaluating’ potential changes. Others have quickly said they were refocusing funding into ‘pro-democracy’ efforts.
I know that Republican Senators are familiar with the English language, but that shift in language seems to have gone over their heads. For those still in the fog on it, here comes the Chamber of Commerce stepping out to show they did not have to think long about jumping off the Republican banana boat.
And mind you, this is before the criminal cases begin building up. Biden might even need a budget allocation for more prison bed space, so that ex-Congressmen can enjoy the company of their fellow Trumptards that will be convicted for their insurrection charges.
Will Trump be able to read the tea leaves? Who with a reputation to lose will be funding him, besides maybe his Russian oligarch buddies? I would suspect he has become even too toxic for them… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … February 12, 2021
Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan to Covid relief bill; cheered Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement.
Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), who publicly bashed the Chamber’s endorsement of Tanden, said in an interview that the Chamber “has forgotten Main Street America” and would have to decide what it wanted to be in Biden’s Washington.
…“Do they really care about the bottom line of companies and small businesses and growth, or do they care more about social justice?” Smith asked.
…“Some people may have assumed that somehow the Chamber was an arm of a political party,” Bradley said in an interview. “They were wrong in that assumption.”
…“The Chamber’s consistent in believing that people who have basic qualifications should be confirmed and that we should have deference to the elected policymakers,” Bradley said.
…“I know Republicans, my friends are going to be angry about what they’re doing,” the strategist said. But the Chamber “is no longer the vehicle anymore of the Republican Senate political organization.
Are other groups going to lose interest in singing the Banana Republican boat song?