On Fox’s The Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson approached the CVS decision with suspicion and a remarkably uninformed premise, asking, “Is it OK legally … to restrict tobacco availability in a private store like this?” She questioned her guests as to whether they would continue shopping at CVS and observed that, “For people who smoke, you know, they have a right to buy cigarettes. It’s not illegal.”
So a private company makes a business decision that liberals — and specifically President Obama — think is a good idea, and suddenly it’s not clear to Fox News whether it’s OK. What’s the alternative: requiring CVS to sell its quota of tobacco to meet the current five-year plan?
The GOP is supposed to be the party of private enterprise. Then CVS makes an inventory decision, or Costco makes a salary decision, or Coca-Cola makes a marketing decision, or Obamacare makes it easier to quit your job and start a new small business (or stay home with your kids), and the right rejects these monumentally pro-business moves for the simple reason that the left likes them.
Today’s Republican party is not the party of private enterprise. It’s the party of anger. Knee-jerk anger. I guess its chances of long-term success depend not so much on policies or demographics, but on the ability to sustain content-free anger.