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Newt Gingrich: Fuggedaboutit.

Jim DeMint: Seen as a bomb thrower; talks frequently of the need to confront “union bosses.” He might gain an audience if he occasionally mentioned the problems wrought by “corporate bosses.” Actually not, after he put a hold on a qualified presidential nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration after the attempted Christmas airplane bombing. His aim: to prevent TSA workers from forming a union.

Footnote: Tom Ridge isn’t running, his views too moderate for GOP primaries. Democrats should consider themselves fortunate. Mr. Ridge would roil the union waters for them. He’s widely respected for his pro-labor stance and for his personal story — as a man who went from public housing to Harvard (paying tuition by working construction); from combat service in Vietnam to serving as a common-sense congressman and governor. He’s particularly popular among union folks in the industrial battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Philip M. Dine, author of “State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence,” is a Washington-based journalist and a frequent speaker on labor issues.