Because the labor movement is shrinking, aging and divided. Because the best program its leaders (and co-sponsors at the NAACP) could put together was one featuring Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Richard Trumka, Van Jones and Harry Belafonte. And because George W. Bush is no longer in the White House. Put those factors together, and Big Labor’s big march fell flat…

Put it all together, and what the rally lacked most was life. That became painfully clear during Sharpton’s remarks, when he tried to illustrate the Democratic coalition’s current plight by telling a Bible story.