Video: Bill Clinton vs … the unions?

posted at 2:55 pm on June 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yeah, well, up is down in Arkansas these days, with Democrats attempting to win a Senate seat in a red state by going to the left of their own incumbent. Bill Clinton recently ripped the unions for backing Bill Halter and rallied Blanche Lincoln’s supporters by accusing the unions of “manipulating” Arkansans and their votes. That will no doubt wind up in an ad for Republican challenger John Boozman no matter who wins the Democratic primary run-off:

Here is an article from the Washington Post, it says “Some national unions made a decision a few months ago, that they wanted to make Senator Blanche Lincoln the quote “poster child” for what happens when a Democrat crosses them. This is about using you and manipulating your votes. If you want to be Arkansas’s advocate, vote for somebody who will fight for you. Vote for Blanche Lincoln.

Maybe it’s not just Arkansas, though. Politico reports that unions have become so unpopular and seen as one of the big problems of government cost and inefficiency that 2010 has become open season on unions — and it’s not just Republicans joining in the hunt:

Spurred by state budget crunches and an angry public mood, Republican and some Democratic leaders are focusing with increasing intensity on public workers and the unions that represent them, casting them as overpaid obstacles to good government and demanding cuts in their often-generous benefits.

Unlike past battles over the high cost of labor, this time pitched battles over wages and pensions are being waged from Sacramento to Springfield to New York City and the conflict is marked by its bipartisan tone, with public employee unions emerging as an intransigent public enemy number one in cities and state capitals across the country.

They’re the whipping boys for a new generation of governors who, thanks to a tanking economy and an assist from editorial boards, feel freer than ever to make political targets out of what was once a protected liberal class of teachers, cops, and other public servants.

Republicans around the nation have cheered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose shouting match over budget cuts with an outraged teacher—“You don’t have to” teach, he told her without sympathy—became a YouTube sensation on the right last week.

And even Democrats, like the nominee for governor in New York, Andrew Cuomo, have echoed the attacks on unions.

When Bill Clinton demonizes unions in a Democratic primary, it feels like one of the signs of the Apocalypse. Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.


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Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.

That’s assuming that Clinton actually believes any of the s–t he’s shovelling — and I doubt he does.

gryphon202 on June 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.

Ed, I’ll tell ya what I told my wife-to-be almost 30 years ago….don’t tease me like that!!

Patrick S on June 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I believe that he said it, but not that he believes it.

The dems and labor: ’till death do they part.

LASue on June 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Bill Clinton recently…rallied Blanche Lincoln’s supporters by accusing the unions of “manipulating” Arkansans and their votes.

THAT’S why Clinton is making this recent theatre of his. Blanche Lincoln’s in obvious trouble in the polls and Clinton is just doing/saying whatever needs to be said/done to try to buoy her up.

But Bill Clinton will never genuinely “rip” the unions because they comprise a very large portion of DNC funding. And votes.

Though I wish Bill C. could manage to save himself in his later years and actually “rip the unions,” he won’t. Whatever he’s doing now is just theatre.

Lourdes on June 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

When Bill Clinton demonizes unions in a Democratic primary, it feels like one of the signs of the Apocalypse. Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.

That’d be nice, but who would they turn to without the Dems? More than likely the marriage of convenience will continue on after a bit of couple’s therapy.

MikeknaJ on June 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

In other words:

Bill Clinton “ripping the unions” is the same as Barack Obama claiming he’s a Christian.

No one believes either because all facts point otherwise.

Lourdes on June 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Bill Clinton has nothing to lose, and he is just about the ultimate pimp.

DaydreamBeliever on June 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

They are all full of hype.

.except Helen Thomas who was a straight shooter.

seven on June 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Next thing you know Democrats are going to rail against spending and ObamaCare (sorry Mr. Tapper).

myrenovations on June 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

And, conveniently, Leftwing-Helper-Outer Politico is claiming (front page promotion) that the unions are on the outs.

So it’s an all-out Leftwing/media/Clinton/et al. theatre.

Whenever you get these Leftwing media bursts of *surprise and awe* a wise man (or woman) should take note and suspect the opposite, or, take note and recognize that the Left is up to voter leveraging by any convenient story possible.

Lourdes on June 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Impeached president Clinton cannot be believed.

jukin on June 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I just mentioned it over in the hispanic polls, but I think the AZ law is pretty illuminating. Who does the union really protect? It would seem to me that tens of millions flooding the border, willing to do any job for any pay, directly undercuts the interests of those that pay union dues. Yet, the union sends people out to yell and scream about any serious attempts to deal with the problem.

They have to be taking a serious hit with many on the inside over this, even if it is just in whispered tones.

stldave on June 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Dissolve the public sector unions.

petefrt on June 7, 2010 at 3:11 PM

The dems and labor: ’till death do they part.

LASue on June 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Okay.

heshtesh on June 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

This story is pure BS.

What we don’t here is what Mrs. Obama and her ACORN/Americorps/Union/Cnesus buddies are doing behind the scenes.

It’s not pretty.

rickyricardo on June 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Look for, the union label,

On every donkey, bought or sold!

That’s why, Obama’s braying,

In his pockets, the worker’s gold!

NoDonkey on June 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

This hasn’t caught wind to Mass. yet! They still make all gov’t construction project contracts “union only” so laborers who would otherwise be lucky to make $20 per hour are being paid $60 per hour here. Here on Beacon Hill big unions still run the show.

Cadillac Deval <3 Big Union, bff

shanimal on June 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Hee Haw

wonk-a-donk on June 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Unions for public workers is wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

docdave on June 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I wanted to learn more about how unions treat political enemies but JFK and Jimmy Hoffa weren’t available for comment.

viking01 on June 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM

“Al-Takeyyah”

trs on June 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Unions for public workers is wrong, wrong, wrong!!!! docdave on June 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Thank JFK for that.

Akzed on June 7, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Divorce court?

We can only hope, Mr. Morrissey, but I believe this to be the same old, same old from liberals: fake right in order to get elected, then tack back hard to port. Repeat.

Clinton is the master.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM

“I did not have sex with that union steward”

pain train on June 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM

MSM feeding frenzy about how Democrats are destroying themselves in intra-party warfare in 3..2..1..

(crickets)

Oh wait. Infighting only means inevitable self-destruction and thus is only newsworthy when Republicans do it.

novaculus on June 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Bill Clinton has been, and always will be, a huckster selling whatever potion he thinks the gullible public will put up their two bits to purchase. Does this man have any bounds to shameful behavior? The unions have dropped to their knees in their worship of Clinton and his wife over the years and now look at what dividends their investments have garnered — a stab in the back. And with the union’s blind loyalty to the Dems I would not be surprised to hear the unions say thank you Bill and please, may we have another stab in the back?

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on June 7, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Big Dawg is pro free market capitslism, he spent much of the campaign trail for Hill haranguing NCLB much to the dismay of labor…the neoprogs hate him b/c he cut cap gains taxes and helped reform welfare.

not sure why the Right hates him when u can clearly see what a real leftie in the Oval is life now in Obama

I hope Blanche wins then the GOP sweeps it all in November

I am a recovering lefty but still deeply enmeshed in Clinton love for Bill and Hill

ginaswo on June 7, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Rumors of a divorce have been greatly exaggerated.

LOL

This is a temporary blip. Whoever wins the primary will be cozying up to the unions right afterward.

Democrats divorcing themselves from unions is akin to divorcing themselves from FDR and the New Deal. Never, ever happen.

ButterflyDragon on June 7, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Clinton, Obama, Dems…it’s all just a menaingless show for the voters. Just like demagagoing wall street while secretly taking their money and giveing them good treatment. It’s all about making the voters think they are doing something they actually have no intentions of it.

Let me bad mouth you in public but no worries, i’l lstil lbe handing you cash, bailouts and perks under the table where they can’t see it

Niteowl45 on June 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM

When Bill Clinton demonizes unions in a Democratic primary, it feels like one of the signs of the Apocalypse.

Somewhere, George Orwell is laughing his ass off!

GarandFan on June 7, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Spurred by state budget crunches and an angry public mood, Republican and some Democratic leaders are focusing with increasing intensity on public workers and the unions that represent them, casting them as overpaid obstacles to good government and demanding cuts in their often-generous benefits.

You can thank Chris Christie for this.

Kafir on June 7, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.

That’ll be the day.

How does a Democrat win if they don’t get union money and union arm twisting and union henchmen to manipulate elections and stuff the ballot boxes?

Unions bribe Democrats to destroy the country.

Can they not understand why are manufacturing has gone? They keep blaming it on rich people. Which is so illogical.

Don’t they get that if they have unsustainable benefits the government they feed off of will fail?

Unions are a ponzi scheme, Democrats are the salesmen for it.

petunia on June 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I believe that he said it, but not that he believes it.

The dems and labor: ’till death do they part.

LASue on June 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

And their parting with the accompanying death would be such sweet sorrow.

petunia on June 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM

If anyone has ever noticed the unions are playing to the illegals, impoverished, uneducated masses who believe their s**t, they collect billions in dues, stuff their pockets, pay off the politicians, but when time comes to pay the members OH MY G*D WE DON”T HAVE THE MONEY it is the big bad taxpayers fault.

Government workers should not make more than the private sector or be unionized PERIOD.

concernedsenior on June 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM

When Bill forgave Obama, for all he did to the Mrs…..and then even though during the campaign, he, and Hillary trounced on Obama’s ideology, and future policy, he got on stage with the man, and hailed him.

Bill will try to sell anything, to anyone. He would be so bold as to try and sell holy water to satan.

capejasmine on June 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Blanch you’re the only one who approves of your Uncle Bill’s endorsement.

MSGTAS on June 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM

When Bill Clinton demonizes unions in a Democratic primary, it feels like one of the signs of the Apocalypse. Perhaps it is a sign of a Democratic apocalypse in these midterms, and also a sign that their decades-marriage to unions and their radical agenda is about to enter divorce court.

WISHFUL THINKING…it’s just triangulating (BillJeff style).

PappyD61 on June 8, 2010 at 12:45 PM

He would be so bold as to try and sell holy water to satan.

Bill’s god is POWER. He worships frequently and pays his dues to the diety of all Progressives.

PappyD61 on June 8, 2010 at 12:46 PM

…it feels like one of the signs of the Apocalypse.

Hi. Ed. I love you.

apacalyps on June 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM