Category Archives: Blanche Lincoln

Has Bill Clinton finally doomed Hillary’s POTUS chances?

If the allegations about Flowers, Jones, Stone, Streisand and countless others didn’t destroy their dynasty…
If fellatio in the Oval Office and an infamous blue dress didn’t ruin it for her…
Perhaps, this time…this time, Bill Clinton has finally gone too far with another woman and, as a result, ended it for Hillary.
No, he didn’t try out a new brand of cigars with her, but his championing of soon-to-be replaced Sen. Blanche Lincoln has broached the truly unforgivable—alienated the one group Hillary Clinton will need in 2012 2016 if she is ever going to become President of the United States…

Union bosses.

Bill Clinton’s message to Democrats here Friday about their heated two-way U.S. Senate battle was a simple one: a vote for incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln is a vote rank-and-file Arkansans, while a vote for Lt. Governor Bill Halter is a vote for outside labor unions and liberal activist groups.
Don’t be fooled, Clinton told the gathering of about 300 at Philander Smith College. The big, national unions supporting Halter are “using you and manipulating your vote,” he said.
[snip]
Clinton held up a copy of a Washington Post article and quoted from it about how national unions want to make Lincoln a poster child for “what happens when a Democrat crosses us.” The former president argued that the unions nationalized what should be an Arkansas-focused Senate race.
Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln took us in the wrong direction when they supported NAFTA,” said spokesman Eddie Vale in an email to reporters. “They sent thousands of Arkansas jobs to Mexico and Canada, and yet they’re still bragging about their support of the job-killing deal. When it comes to protecting and creating jobs in Arkansas, they just don’t get it.”

Since no Democrat can move up the democratic food chain these days without kissing the pinky rings of the big union bosses and since crossing them (as Blanche Lincoln has in her opposition to the Employee Free FORCED Choice Act) is considered a mortal sin, Bill’s blasphemous bashing of the lords of labor will not be without recrimination and reprisal.

BUT, since Bubba is no longer running for office and since unions do not (typically) target children, he and Chelsea are probably off limits.  This leaves Hillary to (once again) pay the price for Bill’s transgressions and, since unions have long memories, that probably won’t happen until 2016.

“I may not have been the greatest president, but I’ve had the most fun eight years.”Bill Clinton
__________________
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
For more news and views on today’s unions, go to LaborUnionReport.com.
Follow laborunionrpt on Twitter

Leave a comment

Filed under AFL-CIO, Bill Clinton, Blanche Lincoln, Hillary Clinton

Blanche Blasts Back at Unions

Unusual…

A Democrat taking on the very unions that prop up her party like a Weekend at Bernie’s.

Via Hotline:

Very unusual indeed.
——————–

    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

    Follow LaborUnionReport on Twitter.

    For more news and views on today’s unions, go to LaborUnionReport.com.

    Leave a comment

    Filed under Blanche Lincoln

    Lock Your Doors: The AFL-CIO has Unveiled Its 2010 Mid-Term Battle Plans

    If you live in California, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania, you may want to read this, then turn on your TIVO and bolt your door.


    Here’s why: Your state has become a “must-hold” state for the bosses at the AFL-CIO, which means you will be inundated with ads, home visits, robocalls, and ‘fly-ins’ from all sorts of Democrat dignitaries (including the Big Guy himself).


    The Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), who are meeting in Florida this week, have decided to spend even more of their members’ money than they did in 2008 on the upcoming mid-term elections.

    The AFL-CIO plans to roll out its biggest political campaign ever, surpassing the $53 million spent in 2008 to help elect President Barack Obama, to try to avert a repeat of the 1994 midterm election when Democrats lost a majority in Congress.


    In its political campaign, the AFL-CIO is focusing its efforts on a “firewall” of six states with key congressional elections and where union voters make up a relatively high proportion of the electorate: California, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


    On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO said it would endorse Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who announced Monday he would challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln. That will include millions of dollars in financial backing and thousands of members knocking on doors to get voters to polls. The Communications Workers of America, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have pledged $1 million each to support Mr. Halter.


    Read the rest here.



    While we’re on the topic of “Bye Bye Blanche,” in what can only be viewed as “institutional thuggery,” the AFL-CIO has decided to make an example out of Blanche Lincoln:

    AFL-CIO leaders said Tuesday their decision to oppose Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election bid should send a powerful message to other Democrats who fall out of step with unions.


    Officials at the nation’s largest labor federation call the move part of a more aggressive posture to make sure labor’s support is not taken for granted.


    “The time has come to draw a line in the sand,” said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “Regardless of your party affiliation, if you’re not with us, you are against us.”



    Although it would have been much cheaper (there is a recession going on, after all), the thought of sending a dead fish to Ms. Lincoln apparently never crossed the union bosses’ minds.  Instead, the union bosses opted to throw a few million more of their members’ dollars away to make a point.
    —————————


    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776


    Follow LaborUnionReport on Twitter.

    For more news and views on today’s unions, go to  LaborUnionReport.com.


    Leave a comment

    Filed under AFL-CIO, AFL-CIO Executive Council, Blanche Lincoln

    [UPDATED] Bye, Bye Blanche! AFL-CIO Makes Good on Threat by Turning on Lincoln

    This is not a political prediction but, rather, a statement of fact: Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) will be unemployed by the end of 2010.
    According to just about every poll taken, Ms. Lincoln is losing to just about any Republican who may run against her in November and, in most cases, by double digits.   

    On Monday, Ms. Lincoln got a primary challenger from her own party.

    Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is moving ahead with a primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, he announced Monday.

    “Washington is broken,” Halter said in a video on his campaign website. “Bailing out Wall Street with no strings attached, while leaving middle-class Arkansas taxpayers with the bill; protecting insurance company profits instead of protecting patients and lowering health costs; gridlock, bickering and partisan games while unemployment is at a 25-year high. Enough’s enough.”

    Halter’s decision further complicates Lincoln’s already difficult path to a third term. Polls have shown the senator trailing a slew of Republican opponents, including Rep. John Boozman and state Sen. Gilbert Baker, and she has angered her own party’s base by shying away from support for liberal priorities such as the Employee Free Choice Act and a government-run health insurance plan.

    In a statement, Lincoln described herself as a “target of both political extremes” and reiterated her plans to file for reelection.

    “I’m excited about today and I’m excited to be a Democrat,” she said. “This Senate seat belongs to Arkansas, not to outside groups that are angry I don’t answer to them.”

    To make matters worse for Lincoln, Monday night, one of those “outside groups,” the AFL-CIO, threw its weight (and $3 million) behind Lincoln’s primary opponent, Bill Halter.

    In the day since he officially announced his intention to take on Lincoln in the primary, Halter has lined up the support from Democratic base groups, including progressive groups MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Those two, among others, raised nearly $500,000 for Halter from progressives across the country in less than 24 hours.

    [snip]

    The backing of the AFL-CIO is an important one for any Democrat. For Halter, it signals that the unions are prepared to put their money where their mouth has been for almost a year now when it comes to Lincoln. When Lincoln came out against the “card check” provision in the Employee Free Choice Act, unions balked and threatened to fight her. Now it seems Halter has given them their chance.


    That Ms. Lincoln will be joining the ranks of the unemployed, there is no doubt. The only question is whether the end of her Senate career will be by her own hand (resignation) or at the hands of Arkansas voters.


    UPDATE: From the Associated Press:

    AFL-CIO leaders say the decision to oppose Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election bid will send a message to other Democrats who fall out of step with unions.

    Officials at the nation’s largest labor federation call the move part of a more aggressive posture to make sure labor’s support is not taken for granted. At least three unions have already pledged $1 million each to helping Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in his primary challenge to Lincoln.


    Perhaps a dead fish would have been cheaper?
    —————————


    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”
     Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

    Follow LaborUnionReport on Twitter.

    For more news and views on today’s unions, go to LaborUnionReport.com.


    Leave a comment

    Filed under AFL-CIO, Arkansas, Bill Halter, Blanche Lincoln