From the desk of Stephen Cabot:
There are few instances when we agree with statements emanating from the Obama White House; however, one recent statement was absolutely on the mark.
An unnamed White House official reportedly stated to a reporter that “Organized labor just flushed $10-million of their member’s money down the toilet.” He was referring, of course, to organized labor’s efforts to defeat Senator Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Her running mate, Lt. Governor Bill Halter, had been backed unstintingly by the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and AFSCME as well as lesser unions.
As if that event was not enough to put a smile on the face of managers across the county, an AFL-CIO spokesman named Eddie Vale without a wit of irony reportedly stated that “labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party.” At that, the smiles of Corporate America turned to grins.