The George Floyd Justice Act now heads to the Senate where it will be added to the queue behind the Equality Act and HR 1 where it will die a quiet legislative death.
“The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling. …
“The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will address systemic racism, curb police brutality and save lives.” …
The House passed a similar police reform bill last year, but it was not considered by the Republican-led Senate and was opposed by President Trump. …”
You can add it to the progressive wish list of things which aren’t ever happening and for the same fundamental reason. Woke progressives are simply too concentrated in large metro areas and too culturally toxic to White working class voters with traditional values who live in rural states who hold disproportionate power in the Senate and the Electoral College. Supposedly, Joe is the new FDR but he can’t even find the support to raise the minimum wage!
In the 2020 election, the Democratic strategy for overcoming this structural roadblock to reform was running on popular issues such as “Abolish ICE” and “Defund the Police” and toppling statues of George Washington and Christopher Columbus and dragging them in the dirt and mobs of brats being allowed to attack federal courthouses for months on end and burning down Minneapolis and censoring the entire internet and browbeating all White people in this country as “white supremacists.”
Sadly, the strategy seems to have backfired on Democrats, which no one could have predicted. Republicans who performed better in state races will now redraw maps which will put them at an advantage for another decade. Things could get very dark and very fast if the brats come to power and confuse, polarize and alienate everyone around them and narrow the appeal of the Democrats like they have already done with Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Big Tech and the New York Times.
No one is safe. Not Andrew Sullivan. Not Bari Weiss. Not Glenn Greenwald. Not Donald McNeil, Jr. Not even Dr. Seuss or Mr. Potato Head. Frosty the Snowman’s day will come too.