I’m probably going to be called a Republican shill for noticing this. If you believe that money talks and that the politicians have been selling out to corporate interests, this could be a big deal.
“Republican leaders turned to grassroots supporters and raked in sizable donations after corporations cut them off post-Jan. 6.
Why it matters: If those companies hoped to push the GOP toward the center, they may have done just the opposite by turning Republican lawmakers toward their most committed — and ideologically driven — supporters.
By the numbers: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign committee didn’t get a single corporate PAC donation during the first quarter of the year, new reports show. …”
This is an unanticipated consequence of Stop the Steal.
Corporate America cut off the GOP in the first quarter of GOP, but they ended up raising even more money from their own voters. Suddenly, the voters are financing the politicians now. In other words, there is a power shift in leverage going on from Corporate America to the Republican base.
Sen. Rick Scott who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a pretty powerful dude, has penned an op-ed at FOX Business that threatens Woke Capital:
“Dear Woke Corporate America,
I hope you are all having fun with your virtue signaling. I hope you are enjoying trying to one-up each other and showing how woke you can be, all the while believing that you are more sophisticated and morally superior to the hard-working people of this country.
You must have loved the accolades from your elitist, left-wing peers when you took the MLB All-Star Game from Georgia. What a fun day for you on Twitter. Congratulations.
Never mind that you have destroyed working people’s jobs and hurt people who haven’t worked since COVID-19 took a member of their family or destroyed their small business.
You get texts from your elitist friends praising you for your courageous stand when you support “mostly peaceful” movements that loot small businesses, set fire to government buildings, and take the lives of innocent people. …
Your latest attempts to hurt Georgia’s economy will help us do something that is long overdue – make corporate welfare a thing of the past. There will be no number of well-connected lobbyists you can hire to save you.?There will be no amount of donations you can make that will save you.?There will be nowhere for you to hide. …”
Now, what should we make of this?
Are Republican senators really going to become more populist on economics, dump the antiquated economic policy agenda and move to the Center now that they are seemingly financially independent of Big Business? Is this nothing but more of the usual populist posturing from the GOP?
Rick Scott is talking big about standing up to lobbyists and getting rid of corporate welfare. He doesn’t say much else. Still, it is strange to even hear the Republican Senate talking like this. Even if there is currently nothing of real substance behind this kind of talk, this is where the politicians think the wind is blowing and it makes you wonder where the Republican Party will be in 2024.
Have they figured out that there is more money and more votes to be found in being independent of Corporate America? We will see.
Note: If the voters are angry and frustrated enough with their leaders, they can take matters into their own hands like when they threw out Eric Cantor or pushed Donald Trump into the White House. No one in the Republican Party anticipated that or wanted that to happen. The voters changed the internal demographics of the Republican Party and thus political reality entirely on their own.