Friday, February 12, 2010

Love Of Labor Lost

No, not by The Bard. I'm talking about President Obama's tossing away the love of organized labor... specifically, this time, his refusal to make an interim appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. GeeDubya Bush's NLRB appointees... seven of eight of which were recess appointments... were of course all corporate management types with no interest in fulfilling the mandate of the office. Becker... well-qualified by any reasonable standard... has become the vehicle for numerous private, unrelated political interests by Republican and Democratic senators alike. Almost unprecedented is that his nomination's cloture vote was filibustered by... yes, GOPers of course, but also Democrats (in name only) Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson.

I think Obama must not realize the degree to which he depends on organized labor for political support. I doubt he could offend so badly as to drive union workers to vote for his presumed Republican opponent in 2012, but he could damned surely give us reason to stay home on Election Day.


  1. To recap:

    It's "Take no prisoners!" for anything the Repubs and Blue Dogs want, but "Why bother?" if it is progressive.

    It is getting increasingly difficult to see any advantage for liberals or Democrats to have this guy in the White House.

  2. So what you are saying is that Øbama should buck bipartisan opposition to his nominee and make a recess appointment? Wouldn't behaving in such a manner violate (another) campaign promise, as well as his recent rhetoric about seeking bipartisan solutions and compromises?

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  4. Anon, don't EVER put words in my mouth again. You don't get to write both sides of the dialog. In fact, just GO AWAY and don't come back.



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