- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

A losing ‘victory’

“For Big Labor, [last] week’s ‘card check’ victory marked the ultimate payoff for past Democratic election support. For House Democrats, it marked the end of the honeymoon,” Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley A. Strassel writes.

“Democrats won in November in part by playing down their special-interest patrons — unions, environmentalists, trial lawyers — and by playing up a new commitment to the moderate middle class. The big question was whether the party had the nerve to govern the way it campaigned, and card check was the first test. The answer? AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney isn’t smiling for nothing,” the writer said.

“The card check … is a lesson in how the party’s liberal base forces Democrats to back political losers. The legislation’s only purpose is to give unions an unfair advantage in organizing, namely by eliminating the secret ballot in union elections and instead allowing thugs to openly bully workers into joining up. Americans understand and despise this, with polls showing 90 percent of the public thinks card check is a racket. …

“And all this, meanwhile, for a vote that was largely symbolic. President Bush has vowed that a card check law is dead on arrival. And that assumes the legislation could even make it through a Senate filibuster — which it can’t. As low points go, this was the lowest the new majority has had so far.”

Domenici speaks

Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, yesterday acknowledged that he called a federal prosecutor to ask about a criminal investigation several months after calling for the prosecutor’s replacement, but insisted he never pressured nor threatened his state’s U.S. attorney, the Associated Press reports

The prosecutor, David Iglesias, was fired by the Justice Department in December. Mr. Iglesias says he believes he was dismissed for resisting pressure from two members of Congress before last year’s election to rush indictments in a Democratic kickback investigation.

Senate rules generally bar communications between members of Congress and federal prosecutors about ongoing criminal investigations.

Mr. Iglesias, a Republican, has said he would not name the lawmakers unless asked under oath.

A House Judiciary subcommittee last week subpoenaed the prosecutor to appear tomorrow and testify under oath. He also was scheduled to appear before a Senate committee the same day.

Dealing with Rudy

“Next year may see the party of the Sunbelt and Reagan, based in the South and in Protestant churches, nominate its first presidential candidate who is Catholic, urban and ethnic — and socially liberal on a cluster of issues that set him at odds with the party’s base,” Noemie Emery writes in the Weekly Standard.

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