Those who seek the definition of backfire should try staying atop the debacle unfolding in Georgia over the Peach State’s new election-integrity law.
The recent chain of events centers around Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the annual All-Star Game from Atlanta last Friday.
MLB Commissioner Ron Manfred, like his counterparts in the NBA and the NFL, believed he was shoring up his woke bona fides by playing to the liberal mob and relocating the summer classic.
Yet he has succeeded in undermining the whole narrative – on a practical level.
Manfred does not bear the blame alone, though.
For more than two years, ever since she lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election by more than 50,000 votes to Republican Brian Kemp, Democrat Stacey Abrams has trafficked in the conspiracy theory that Georgia was Ground Zero for voter suppression – especially for blacks.
Black voters themselves proved that was a lie, however.
Turnout among black voters in Georgia in 2018 not only topped the 2016 election, but it also exceeded the overall turnout among whites, according to the liberal Brookings Institution. Then in 2020, NPR reported that black voter turnout in Georgia was set to rival, if not surpass, the record set when Barack Obama first ran in 2008.
Yet Manfred showed last week that he had been taking his cues from Abrams, the liberal media, and President Joe Biden, who told ESPN a week ago he would “strongly support” moving the All-Star Game as a comeuppance to the “Jim Crow on steroids” voting law.
In announcing the relocation, Manfred said the MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The decision, however, stripped the Atlanta area of an estimated $100 million in additional economic activity.
Abrams seemed to recognize a problem, which she had more than helped create, was afoot.
Just before Manfred made the switch, she went public to beg companies not to leave the Peach State.
The same day Biden denounced the law, Abrams said in a video, “Black, Latino, AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) and Native American voters that are the most suppressed over (the voting law) are the most likely to be hurt by potential boycotts of Georgia. To our friends, please do not boycott us.”
Then, after Manfred torched Atlanta, Abrams tried to spin the decision.
On Twitter, she wrote, “I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however, I commend the players, owners, and League commissioner for speaking out. I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well.”
“As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs,” she added. “Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of GOP malice and lies — we must stand together.”
That, however, only earned her more criticism – from the left.
This time, radical Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested Abrams was wrong for backtracking.
Asked on CNN on Sunday about Abrams’ position, Omar noted, “The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts. And so our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us, and if we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world we must stand our ground.”
But for Abrams and her ilk, here is the best part.
Fox News reported that Manfred relocated that $100 million bump in economic juice from Atlanta, a city that is 51 percent black, to Denver, which is only 9 percent black.
The question is who will bear the most blame for this “redistribution of wealth” from a majority-black city to a nearly all-white one, Abrams or Manfred.
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