Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Labor is not your bitch"

-- Jane Hamsher of Fire Dog Lake.

This volley was deftly backhanded to the too-smug-by-half "anonymous Senior White House official" who decided that it would be wonderful politics to rub big labor's nose in Blanche Lincoln's run-off defeat of Bill Halter last night in Arkansas.  As reported by Ben Smith of Politico, this official was quoted as saying "organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise."

Them's fightin' words...and what a dumb fight to pick.  And, for her part, Jane is having none of it:

Labor is not your bitch, and their money isn’t yours to direct.  They’re supposed to take what, another six years of black eyes from Blanche Lincoln just because you say so? If their $8 million buys derivatives legislation and limits the damage that the Masters of the Universe can do to the world economy in the future, it’s not only a bargain, it also means that a bunch of nurses and janitors have done more to rein in the banks than you and your entire pack of servile, visionless Wall Street lackeys has done since you took office.

Oof...that's gonna leave a mark.

This is just part of her reaction today at the entire piece here.

What I don't understand is why the Democratic Party establishment was so keen on keeping Lincoln around; she's never a safe vote. Halter would have been a more reliable ally, and it's not like the administration doesn't have some fences to mend with big labor after the health care compromise.  In Pennsylvania, the administration quietly walked away from a foundering Arlen Specter, so why not here?

Regardless, the White House moron thumbing his nose at his own base better come to understand that the Party will need those same people to be energized come November if there is any chance to stem the projected midterm losses.  The Republicans are doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but with White House officials shooting themselves in the foot, the Democrats still have a chance to muck it up.