Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Card Check Update: Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln is waffling and waffling ; potential GOP crossover Voinovich seems to remain a firm no. Marc Ambinder says card check "is teetering on the brink" of defeat, even as he also serves as conduit for pro-union spin . ( Sample: "Labor may not have the 60 Senate votes it needs to beat a filibuster, although some labor strategists are confident that, in private, the numbers are there." In private, "comprehensive immigration reform" passed in 2006. Only the voters objected.) .. See also Faughnan (who argues that, "It's a shrewd move by Lincoln to announce her opposition early"--except that Lincoln's office then quicky revised her position to "undecided.")
Plus: kausfiles has strange new respect for Rev. Sharpton ! ...
P.S.: Alert reader J emails with an interesting proposal: Let the unions have their "card check" provision--allowing them to substitute publicly-collected, signed cards saying "we want a union" for a secret ballot vote. If the union gets 51% of the employees to sign the cards, it gets recognized. But let the employer also collect cards from employees who don't want a union. If the employer gets 51% the union has to go away for five years. You'd hear soon enough about how collecting cards in public is unfair, opening the door to pressure tactics, intimidation, etc.. ... 12:54 A.M.
Surefire Recipe for a Good Time: Newsmax is sponsoring a cruise featuring Dick Morris, "some of the nation's top alternative health doctors," and Alexander Haig. ... P.S.: Venn Diagram, please! ... 12:30 A.M.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
"She was 'no drama' before 'no drama' was cool." I think they've discovered a tactful way to say "boring." ... 10:50 P.M.