The Corner

Business No Likey Trial Lawyers

Jonah, whether or not the average American likes trial lawyers, there are few things that unite the business community like their opposition to the plaintiffs’ bar. Contrary to the impression some have, the business community is anything but uniformly Republican, and the Kerry campaign was chipping away at business support for the President. Yet one likely effect of the pick will be to unite the businsess community behind Bush. Indeed, yesterday’s print WSJ carried a news story (written before the pick was announced), that an Edwards pick would likely reverse Kerry’s recent gains with the business community, and that the Kerry campaign was bracing for the impact. Many companies and business leaders that would have been happy to sit on the sideline will now actively support the President’s reelection. Indeed, the WSJ suggested that even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might drop it’s traditional non-partisan stance for this election.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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