Opening Act: Boycott

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April 5 2012 8:37 AM

Opening Act: Boycott

Boycott threats against companies that back ALEC actually sort of work.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Coca-Cola's announcement came hours after a civil rights group, ColorOfChange.org, launched an online drive calling on Coca-Cola to stop underwriting the ALEC agenda on voter ID laws in several states... PepsiCo, another soft drink giant, belonged to ALEC for 10 years. In January, a company vice president told ColorOfChange that it wouldn't renew for 2012.
He didn't say it was because of ALEC's stance on voter ID laws. But in an email to ColorOfChange, he said that issue would be considered if PepsiCo ever weighs rejoining ALEC.
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How long are these articles going to refer to ALEC as "low-profile," though? What does that even mean? That its experts don't go on TV? Hang on, I suppose that's exactly what it means.

Alex Burns sees the right moving on as its last-ditch avatar Rick Santorum slowly loses.

“I think that Romney is a stronger pro-life candidate than [John] McCain was, and I think Santorum has helped make him stronger,” [said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser].
Other prominent social conservatives who are sympathetic to Santorum have gone further. Richard Land, who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said it is now overwhelmingly unlikely that Santorum will end up as the party’s nominee.
“It becomes very, very difficult to see a pathway for him to reach the nomination,” said Land, who has praised Santorum repeatedly but has not endorsed a GOP candidate.

Kevin Williamson, who had a great cover story about Mormons in National Review, defends Joseph Smith.

[T]here’s nothing quite so satisfying as profiting from the prurient interest in a subject you denounce. Charlemagne was a polygamist. We can do this all day: Muhammad married a nine-year-old girl; Mohandas Gandhi married a 14-year-old girl in an arranged marriage and was kind of a weirdo.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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