Grand Old Vengeance?


I’m not ready to open any paricular conspiracy theory over this sort of thing, but, rather, would make the note simply so that, if the vaguely haunting implications of Yian Q. Mui and Jia Lynn Yang‘s Washington Post article ever start to come about, at least I won’t have to scramble around to find the thing again:

Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: We won’t forget.

Take the case of Wal-Mart, the behemoth big-box retailer that liberals have long loved to hate. Several years ago, it began to break ranks with industry groups by speaking out in favor of an increase to the minimum wage and health-care reform. And, for the first time in its history, it gave more money to Democrats than the GOP for Tuesday’s elections.

The corporation’s moves caught the eye of Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan. During a phone call with company lobbyists last year during the fight over the health-care bill, Camp bluntly reminded Wal-Mart of its unpalatable position on the issue, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

Now, Wal-Mart’s political team finds itself in an awkward position. Camp is poised to become the next chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Companies that worked with the Democrats over the past two years would face a far less sympathetic audience from Republicans, who are expected to make significant gains in the midterm elections.

You know, it’s just one of those things. Someday I might hear something and think, “I’ve heard of this before.” More often than not, though, when that happens, I can never remember where I heard it before. Or something like that.

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