The GOP-corporate divorce is a blessing for the party’s future
The GOP-corporate divorce is a blessing for the party’s future By Sohrab Ahmari for New York Post
November’s election revealed that the class realignment of our two parties is solidifying. Democrats have increasingly emerged as the party of upscale suburbs, of Silicon Valley and Hollywood and Wall Street, of the owners of capital and the professionals who service them. The GOP, meanwhile, is trending toward a multiracial working-class party, preferred by those who generally make their living by toil.
So why are conservatives fretting about corporate America cutting off the GOP, a process merely accelerated by last week’s (disgraceful) mob assault on the Capitol? Did they think building a working-class party was going to be painless? That they could mouth pro-worker rhetoric while continuing to ignore workers’ concerns on issues like immigration and wages? A country-club party with blue-collar décor?
That jig was going to be up at some point. The sooner, the better — for an underrepresented American working class and for Republicans who take the realignment seriously.
The hypocrisy is galling. Last year, Amazon, Airbnb and a host of other marquee corporations funded a group, Black Lives Matter, founded by avowed Marxists. As peaceful protests over the killing of George Floyd devolved into riots, corporate America didn’t let up its uncritical embrace of a far-left movement seeking to #DefundthePolice.
Now, many of those same companies have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers for exercising a right granted them under the Constitution, whatever the wisdom of their objections to certifying electors. Amazon and Airbnb, both donors to Black Lives Matter (the organization), are among them. So are many others that embraced BLM the movement: Salesforce. American Express. Marriott. Blue Cross Blue Shield. On and on.
But conservatives need to stop whining, because that gets boring. Yes, beginning in 2015, the entire US establishment arrayed itself against GOP populism. It did so in fear of President Trump’s threat to rejigger a postwar consensus that had worked out very well for the elite, not so much for workers. Trump only partially delivered. He was hampered at every step, and his best energies dissipated in the hot air of his online bluster.