Mickey Kaus, the reform-minded Democrat, provides his take on the Illinois goings-on, and in the political skullduggery finds suspicions of card-check skullduggery.
Name That Issue! Hmm. What issue would be at the top of the “legislative agenda” of Andy Stern’s S.E.I.U. that Illinois Gov. Blagojevich generously offered to help pass after he was through appointing Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate? If you said “card check”–the bill eliminating the secret ballot in union recognition elections–you win.
Rumors that the name of the bill is going to be changed to the “Rod Blagojevich Senator Choice Act” could not be confirmed as of press time. …
P.S.: Let’s assume SEIU president Andy Stern did nothing wrong, and indeed maybe even blew the whistle on Blagojevich’s offer of a “three-way” quid pro quid pro quo (after promising to “put that flag up and see where it goes”). Even so, if Stern was an authorized Obama “emissary” to the governor, in the attempt to get Jarrett a Senate seat, that should trouble opponents of “card check.” Why? Because it means Obama wasn’t worried about owing Stern a huge favor (if he’d succeeded in getting Jarrett the seat). Would Obama do it if he was planning to disappoint Stern? …
True, “card check” isn’t the only issue Stern cares about. Universal health insurance would probably be considered a sufficient repayment of the favor. But “card check” will come up much sooner. … 11:30 P.M.
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