Rahm: Labor Just Flushed $10M Down The Toilet

Granted, it’s the Politico, but still an interesting look at the mindset around Obama. Gee, I wonder if a certain Pretty Ballerina also feels the same way about the $10 million the Democrats spent on Arlen Specter’s campaign?

A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration’s sometime allies in organized labor, who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama’s candidate, in Arkansas.

“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise,” the official said. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.”

Lincoln relied heavily both on Obama’s endorsement, which she advertised relentlessly on radio and in the mail, and on the backing of former President Bill Clinton, who backed her to the hilt.

Lincoln foe Bill Halter had the unstinting support of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and other major unions. And labor officials Tuesday evening were already working to spin the narrow loss of their candidate, Bill Halter, as a moral victory, but the cost in money and in the goodwill of the White House may be a steep price to pay for a near miss.

I love the AFL-CIO response:

“If that’s their take on this, then they severely misread how the electorate feels and how we’re running our political program. When we say we’re only going to support elected officials who support our issues,” said AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale. “When they say we should have targeted our money among some key house races among Blue Dog Democrats — that ain’t happening.”

“Labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party,” Vale said. “It exists to support working families. And that’s what we said tonight, and that’s what we’re going to keep saying.”

10 thoughts on “Rahm: Labor Just Flushed $10M Down The Toilet

  1. Get rid of Rahmie the warwhore!!!!!!!! The Israli traitor!!! along with LIEberman, Chertoff, Kissenger, Boxer, Brown, Pelosi, …………………………..all the IsraHELL traitors.

  2. And YOU MFRahmie blew the same 10Million on Arlen Spector. We may not cleanse the DINOS this time, but from here on, DINOs have to go starting with Rahmie the warwhore.!!!

  3. what’s hilarious is I’ve been hearing that the WH is really upset that the SEIU won’t back Lincoln in the general. Seriously. After lincoln trashed unions, flipped on EFCA, and flipped on HCR. After a “senior WH official who insisted on anonymity” just rubbed the unions’ nose in the loss.

    that’s not just tone-deaf, it’s totally fucking stupid. No one likes a poor winner anymore than they like a sore loser.

  4. The lack of leadership in this country is so profound as to make the very idea of politics pointless: ie. if elections DON’T change anything (and they sure haven’t with Obama), what’s the point?

    Here’s a good take on our situation:


  5. Who’s paying the price? Yes, labor needs a president and white house to deliver on their agenda. However, there is absolutely NO evidence that Obama or 60 Senators, or even a majority in the house are going to act on the Employee Free Choice Bill. So it seems clear that Presidential adviser Emanuel has convinced Obama that labor can be sweet talked because they have nowhere else to go.

    Well, when labor stays home in November, Blanche Lincoln can retire to her new lobbyist job and Obama can cry that that he’s lost at least five seats in the Senate. Then we’ll see who needs who the most.

  6. Finally, someone SEEMS to be beginning to get it. Forget the parties, forget the politicians and forget the political strategies.

    You have to focus on your CAUSE and agitate to achieve the CAUSE. Gather the support for the CAUSE. Then you can negotiate to support the politician who is willing to commit to the CAUSE, not the other way around.

    The Civil Rights movement went straight after the goals they wanted to achieve, forget the politicians. Then the politicians had to come out (Democrat and Republican) to support the cause. The Civil Rights movement began to go down when they adopted a party instead of having politicians adopt civil rights.

  7. VOTE OUT ALL IMCUMBENTS!!!! What the f**k is whore Emmanuel doing so close to the resident???? BOYCOTT ISRAEL! I hate to have to agree with Pat Buchannen, but way, way, way too many ZIONISTS in fed. gov.

  8. Gee two bit lying pimp from Illinois has the guts to comment on anyone’s political spending. Ball of brass, head of stone.

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