Lincoln commits to opposing Card Check

Previously, Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) had only wavered in public on Card Check, along with a few other Democrats.  Yesterday, she fully and publicly committed to opposing Big Labor’s crown jewel of legislation, which should drive the stake a little deeper into the heart of the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act.  Unlike Arlen Specter, Lincoln rejected the bill itself as well as its timing:

“I cannot support that bill,” Lincoln said, according to one attendee. “Cannot support that bill in its current form. Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in its current form.”

The measure, better known as the “card check” bill, has been fought by business groups and championed by labor, after intense lobbying by both factions. …

“While I may not have been clear about my position in the past, I am stating today that I cannot support Employee Free Choice Act in its current form and I can’t support efforts to bring it to Senate consideration in its current form,” Lincoln said in a statement late Monday afternoon.

Card Check now looks dead enough that Harry Reid may well decide not to bring it to the floor at all.  He has no Republican support, and this statement from Lincoln strongly implies that she will join a filibuster to keep Reid from “bring[ing] it to Senate consideration”.  Dianne Feinstein has indicated opposition, as have Tim Johnson and Ben Nelson, the latter who has also committed to a no vote.  He’s not going to come close to 60 votes, and he may in the end want to spare himself and Obama the embarrassment of Democrats supporting the Republican filibuster.

Thankfully, the secret ballot still means something to Americans.

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