McConnell is threatening "consequences" against corporations that defend voting rights. So surely he'll back the new Dem push to bring back revenues multinationals are sheltering abroad, right? Stop calling the GOP "populist." You're getting scammed:…
GOP threats against woke corporations are toothless. This is deliberate! Rs are targeting tax privileges to create the aura of acting in the public interest. But they won't target real tax privileges in a way that has serious distributional consequences:… ImageImage
“If Republicans are interested in ensuring megacorporations pay their fair share — not just punishing perceived enemies that support voting rights — I’m all ears."

@RonWyden to me. Dems have a new plan to tax multinationals. It exposes sham GOP populism:… ImageImage
@RonWyden McConnell is warning CEOs to "stay out of politics."

As @mjs_DC says, Mitch is a leading backer of corporate money in politics.

But also, Mitch won't support anything with serious distributive consequences.

News orgs are being absurdly credulous here:… ImageImage
@RonWyden @mjs_DC Here's more from @brianbeutler. McConnell's shamelessness is bottomless, but it's important to also note that news orgs are getting entirely snookered into describing attacks on "woke" corporations as a real realignment.

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Amazing: Gov Brian Kemp has done 14 Fox News interviews on Georgia's voter suppression law, in a frantic bid to atone for his heretical refusal to help Trump steal the election. And it's still not enough! I tried to unpack the deeper pathologies here:…
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But what Republicans really fear is *more Democrats voting.*

And what they really object to is corporations defending a future shaped by Dem voters' participation:… ImageImage
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They don't say 2020 was illegitimate. Instead, they say voting limits are needed to restore "confidence" in elections.

This is central to the ongoing GOP voter suppression project:… ImageImage
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He says they might “have a bill they want us to pass for them. Good luck!”

And he says voting limits are needed to boost voter confidence, which he undermined.… ImageImage
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Trump attacked kneeling players, blasted BLM protests as urban anarchy and fomented violence to overturn an election.

Companies were pushed to take sides throughout. We're seeing the culmination now:… ImageImage
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My latest, on the MLB debate:…
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You *cannot* analyze the Georgia law's impact without reckoning with the larger degradation Republicans are inflicting.

This may be why corporations are coming out so hard now:…
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It makes the GOP an outlier relative to its own past:…
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But they almost certainly won't support *either* higher taxes on corporations *or* deficit spending to pay for it:…
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This thread reflects a very bad tendency: The idea that if you can't bumper-sticker your position, it's inherently problematic.

If the Dem position on immigration is hard to articulate, it's because Dems are trying to engage the issue's many complexities, not demagoguing them.
It's true that there are tensions and ambiguities in the Dem position. So what? These tensions and ambiguities flow from the moral and policy complexities of the challenges themselves.

Dems are trying to figure these things out right now. But that's good, not bad.
Also, this idea that the GOP message is "effective" is sort of nonsense. Rs lost the last two national elections. We have to get our heads out of 2016. Trump *lost in 2020.* Rs *lost the House in 2018.* Immigration was central both times. Stop pretending this never happened.
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