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White House and unions clash over Lincoln

So what lesson should we take from the Blanche Lincoln primary victory last night against Democratic Lt. Governor Bill Halter?

Well a lot of people are divining a lot of things from her win, but the one I’m seeing the most is her victory spelled a defeat for Big Labor. The last count I saw said BL had pumped 10 million buckaroos into the primary fight – and not on Lincoln’s side.

Here’s how it breaks down. Lincoln was President Obama’s candidate. He’s made that clear, he has campaigned for her, he wanted her to win.

Bill Halter was labor’s chosen candidate and had the backing of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and other major unions. Ginormous amounts of union funds were used in an effort to defeat Obama’s candidate — by the left. That’s the point to be made here – this wasn’t opposition by the Tea Party, this was opposition funded by the natural allies of the Democratic party and, supposedly, the White House.

According to Ben Smith at Politico, once it was clear that Lincoln had prevailed, the White House couldn’t wait to make it clear that the unions were on the wrong sheet of political music. Smith said a WH official contacted him, saying:

“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise,” the official said. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.”

In other words, “get with the program boys, and do it how we tell you to do it”.

Message sent, and received:

AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale responds that “labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party.”

Yeah, right – at least not for today.

Way to firm up your support with your base Mr. President – apparently they’re good to go as long as they spend their members money the way he wants them too.



6 Responses to White House and unions clash over Lincoln

  • That’s the kind of change I can believe in…

  • There are no tears being shed in Arkansas today for the defeated Bill Halter.  Even though he was Big Labor’s choice to send a message to all other Democratic Congress-Critters that they will abide with no more sone-walling of their agenda, Halter was viewed as the outsider in the state.  He was a viewed as political opportunist in a state whose motto is “The Land of Opportunity.”

    That is not to say there is much love for Blanch Lincoln.  She is viewed as having caved to the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda against the will of the people of Arkansas.  Her caving was regarding the ObamaCare legislation.  In a state that has an abnormally high elderly population, this was viewed a bordering upon treason to the people of Arkansas.

    But the anti-Union message is loud and clear and should hold true for all non-Union states across the US.  When Unions try to push political agendas with Union dues in states where they have no great standing, it is not surprising that even the WH views it as flushing $10 Million down the toilet for all it accomplished.

  • It’s good to see the Obama Administration and “Big Labor” working so well together to waste “their” money … but of course the “rank-and-file” get the shaft.

  • I wonder how it failed to occur to the unions that Obama might be playing them when he took their donations in 2008.  I guess they figured they’d buy him and he’d be loyal to them in return?

  • I am saddened that we cannot get the Democrats to chain themselves more tightly to the unions as this may give some Dems the balls to run against unions. I guess that’s a good thing, but I sort of fantasized about Christie running against a candidate for President that was completely under Union thrall.