Actually, he’s introducing two bills. One, “The President Joe Biden Jim Crow on Steroids Voting Act,” would replace Georgia’s new election law with Delaware’s much more restrictive provisions. Instead of up to 19 days of early voting and no-excuse voting by mail, the state would permit no early voting or absentee voting without an excuse, i.e. unless you’re sick or will be absent from the state on Election Day. The other bill, “The Senator Chuck Schumer ‘Racist Voter Suppression’ Voting Act,” would replace Georgia’s new law with New York’s electoral laws instead. That means nine days of early voting instead of 19 and, again, a requirement that voters have an excuse in order to obtain an absentee ballot.
This is a stunt, in other words, by Wes Cantrell’s own admission. But it’s a good one, as it highlights in a stark way the Democrats’ cynicism in demagoging Georgia’s new statute. If you want voters to understand how insincere some of the concerns about “Jim Crow 2.0” are, show them the rules that certain blue states use to govern their own elections. Offer them a choice: Would you rather vote in a system as liberal as Georgia or one as stingy as the Democratic president’s home state?
Cantrell’s gimmick is reminiscent of what Ben Sasse did last week in the Senate, reciting verbatim a long speech in defense of the filibuster that Joe Biden delivered in 2005. Pointing out an opponent’s hypocrisy works especially well when that opponent is, or is claiming to be, in a state of high moral dudgeon about your own position.
Other Republican pols are also scrambling for ways to go on offense on Georgia’s behalf right now but most have resorted to simple rejectionist gestures, like Greg Abbott refusing to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’s home opener today to protest MLB’s decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta. A group of Republican state reps in Georgia also sent a letter to Coca-Cola requesting that Coke products be removed from their office suite after the company criticized the new law. As for the man who called this weekend for Republicans to boycott MLB, Coke, Delta, and other corporations objecting to Georgia’s election statute, it looks like you’ll have to start without him:
Looks like that Coca-Cola boycott hasn’t officially started yet at Mar-a-Lago.
Or perhaps he was to be taken seriously not literally or something. pic.twitter.com/WrT6998a1S
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) April 5, 2021
Trump is such a fan of Coke products that he reportedly had a button on his desk that he could push to receive one at a moment’s notice. If he’s already switched to Pepsi, it’s odd that he didn’t want to show off the bottle in today’s photo, no?
Boycotts are for the little guy, I guess. Here’s Cantrell stating his case for going full Delaware on elections.