I watched President Biden’s speech on the voting rights bills and the filibuster from Atlanta yesterday. It was what we needed to hear from him and his administration. I’m not sure it will move the opponents, but at the least he framed the argument in a way that’s going to make them hard to defend themselves.
“I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered?” Mr. Biden said.
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” he asked, drawing a sharp line between men who fought for civil rights and others who fought to deny them, comparisons that at moments drew gasps from the crowd.
That’s pretty much it in a nutshell, and if Mitch McConnell and his gang are intent on blocking the Freedom to Vote and the John Lewis Voting Rights bills, they’ve just handed the scripts of every 2022 midterm election campaign ad over to the DNC and see how they run with it.