Pepaw Grassley Wants you to Boycott Coca-Cola Because ALEC and the Fringe Left, That’s Why

Saturday, April 21, 2012 23:18 EDT
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) at the Senate committee hearing. Image via Flickr user John Taylor.
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Chuck Grassley apparently isn’t too happy about the Radical Left™ exerting free market pressure on the corporate members of ALEC.

ALEC, if you don’t know, stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council, and is a formerly anonymous and shadowy organization that writes many of the bullshit laws that state legislatures all across the nation have passed, including the “Stand Your Ground” laws at issue in the Trayvon Martin case, and voter suppression laws. (Kay at Balloon Juice has written extensively about the subject, here and here.) As a result of pressure from the Fringe Left™, Coca-Cola, among others, have withdrawn support from ALEC, and the wingnuts aren’t happy.

So this afternoon, Gramps picked up his computer machine and tweeted the following in defense of ALEC which has been taking a lot of heat over the last couple of weeks:


Setting aside the fact that I don’t know wtf “sucombed” is, there’s one glaring problem with Grassley’s latest pepaw moment. The main ingredient in Coke is corn syrup. The main ingredient in high fructose corn syrup is corn. And Grassley is the senator from Iowa. You know — the place with all the corn? (And the children thereof?)

Hello? McFly?

Could he be any more of a corporate shill?

The answer is no. No he cannot.

***(edited to reflect that the main ingredient in Coke is high fructose corn syrup.)

ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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