Barack Obama supported the Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as Card Check, as a means to get vigorous union support in the general election. The Democratic Party wants it passed to gain a stronger revenue stream from increased union dues. But can they get Rust Belt and Southern Democrats to play along? Politico wonders whether some new Democrats might wind up joining Republicans for a filibuster:
Forget the Republican filibuster and the race to 60. The real fight in the next Congress is Democrats vs. themselves.
With nearly complete control of Washington for the first time in three decades, Democrats are entering a treacherous power zone in which many of their priorities could easily be undone by the geographic, demographic and ideological factions that compete for supremacy within the party.
Unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can whip their caucuses into unity, numerous fault lines will be revealed: Southern Democrats vs. Northern liberals on labor law; California greens vs. Rust Belt Democrats on global warming; socialized medicine adherents vs. go-slow health care reformers; anti-war liberals vs. cautious centrists on national security. And don’t forget the anti-bailout crowd vs. the powerful Michigan Democrats in both chambers when it comes to money for Detroit.
Republicans insist they will fight for their issues when they can, but they also might simply take a front-row seat to see if Democrats implode.
Card Check may provide one of the fault lines for the Democratic caucus. Southern Democrats have to win votes from the center-right, who won’t like stripping the secret ballot from organizing elections. On the other hand, in a straight vote, they may not need the Southern Democrats, considering the size of their majorities.
The question then hangs on the filibuster in the Senate. Will Republicans have enough seats in the Senate to maintain one? And on certain issues, such as FOCA and Card Check, will a few Democrats join them, or at least decline to vote at all on cloture, which would have the same effect? I suspect a few may do the latter, especially those from normally red states like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan.
This makes the Georgia and Minnesota races key to keeping the Obama administration’s Leftist impulses in check. The EFCA especially will kneecap Republicans for decades as well as allow intimidation of American workers by unions. With millions of dollars at stake, those workers need the safety of the secret ballot. Perhaps some Democrats will follow George McGovern’s example and oppose their party on principle.
Previous posts on Card Check:
- Video: The Card Check ad CBS doesn’t want you to see
- Irony escapes the House Democratic Caucus
- Guess who used the secret ballot … again?
- Video: Meet Union Boss Bill
- USA Today: Stop Card Check …
- Video: McGovern on Card Check
- George McGovern to fight Card Check in debate ad
- Video: What if Congress passed Card Check for all elections?
- FRC Action Summit: Barbara Comstock on EFCA
- George McGovern: Stop Card Check
- Where did the SEIU get $150 million for politics?
- Right Online Conference: John Fund
- Maybe this is why they need Card Check?
- Video: “I Hate Heroes”
- Johnny Sac takes on the unions