Its unusual for a political faction to so nakedly push for a piece of legislation that has nearly no chance of passing, has a sizable chance of harming them in upcoming elections and has only a small amount of support among the voting public. The exception to this rule is when that piece of legislation is being pushed upon said political faction by a special interest group that has a particularly strong hold on their pocketbooks, and with both parties more and more playing to the base, and ignoring the will of the majority, this only seems to be getting worse.
Enter “card check” legislation. It failed when the Democrats had a bigger majority, the consensus against it is stable, and its an issue that the GOP loves to use, because it sells well, while campaigning.
In other words… its a perfect illustration of why the Democrats’ chances are looking so bad in the upcoming midterms. Instead of listening to the will of the people, they’ve pushed their base’s agenda as far as they thought they could get away with and still get things passed (in most cases anyway, this being a notable exception).
Even when they did the generally smart thing, like passing a stimulus, it was so unfocused on job creation, and they so overpromised the result that would come from it, the majority, who actually want the government to take action on unemployment, don’t trust the Democrats to do it.
I don’t either.
Obama, speaking to the AFL-CIO today, says that it will be tough, but that he’ll keep pushing.
Mr. President, I’d suggest you do the math, accept reality, take the card check provision out, and pass a bill that actually will do some good for the labor market (the rest of the bill is fairly common sense stuff). Or give centrists and moderates yet another big reason that you don’t deserve our votes, even if the other side doesn’t either.