If you still doubt that progressive politics dominates nearly every institution of American public life and culture, look no further than Friday’s decision by Major League Baseball to move its summer All-Star Game from Atlanta. President Biden said Wednesday he’d “strongly support” this idea, and the league dutifully obliged two days later.
The MLB excuse is that Georgia’s elected Legislature passed, and Gov. Brian Kemp signed, an election reform law that leaves the state with more opportunities to vote than Delaware and New York. Better not play any games in Yankee Stadium. But Democrats have decided to portray the Georgia law as a “voter suppression” bill, and “Jim Crow 2.0,” as part of their political strategy to pass their own radical voting reform in Washington that would overturn 50 state election laws.
Note how America’s elites have quickly fallen in line. First the media picked up the Democratic theme and distorted the truth about the law. As CNN put it, the new law “introduces new impediments to voting, reducing the number of drop boxes in heavily African-American areas.” But drop boxes were allowed in Georgia only as a temporary measure during the pandemic. The new law allows more drop boxes than Georgia had in 2019, which was zero.
Next came the fleet of CEOs intimidated by political threats. Now comes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who said in a statement that “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” He thus puts a high-minded but distorted patina on a decision to take a side in a partisan debate over the balance between the important values of ballot access and ballot integrity.
In the process the league has smeared Georgia’s elected majority as racist and anti-democratic. It has done economic harm to the state, though we suppose Mr. Manfred will have a new friend in the White House. Mr. Biden gives the order, and Mr. Manfred salutes. Welcome to the Democratic Baseball League.