Soldier field was never so dreary. 15,000 union members, well aware that the sun is setting on their way of life, hunkered down in Soldier Field to once again try to determine which candidate would screw them least. There were no Republicans on the gridiron this hot August Day as the unions know that their “great white hype” will not have “screw America’s middle class” conservative values. Instead the table was set with a meager fare of left wingers and centrist liberals. Like potatoes with no gravy this ass ugly crew of never done wells came to denigrate the intelligence of the American Worker, and deservedly so.
Hearken back several years, and you will find that it was a Democrat (Bill Clinton) who signed into law one of the worst defeats ever for union labor. We also joined the WTO under his administration, and Union membership and jobs have been declining drastically ever since. Interestingly, the wife of that president was on this stage, and nearly half of her fellow candidates had voted for NAFTA and the WTO.
So these downtrodden masses came to see if there was hope for an afterlife for American labor. They left with T-shirts, and promises. Promises that will be broken as soon as it becomes politically expedient. Promises of Pension protection, universal health care, a rebuilding of American Industry; the list goes on and on, but the reality is it was a night for Snow White and the Seven Dorks to play dress up and hand out treats to the children. Nobody present could possibly believe the lies they were told, having been marginalized so often in the past by the party claiming to be for the working man.
I said Seven Dorks because it was Kieth Olbermann who played moderator, and they couldn’t have found a wimpier guy for the task. His actual cartoon character should be puss in boots, because he let the candidates walk all over him.
Dennis Kucinich sadly believes he has a chance. He actually has a solid voting record in relation to union issues, and is possibly the most decent guy on that stage.
Bill Richardson went back to his style of reciting his resume, but he failed to mention his vote for NAFTA
John Edwards has done the legwork, but he comes off as so insincere that voting for him would be the equivalent of playing russian roulette.
Christopher Dodd was forceful, but has lost whatever charisma he had found over the last several weeks, and was all in all utterly boring.
Barack Obama is the George Bush of the left. He can’t admit when he is wrong, even if the average 10 year old knows it.
Joe Biden was terrific. When Kieth olbermann asked him if he would end no bid contracts and gave him 30 seconds to answer he said “yes.” At least if he’s lying he kept it short. Again, I could vote for this guy.
Hillary is going to be the Democratic nominee for president, but I think Joe Biden is a wiser choice for VP than Barack. Barack needs weathering, and a better understanding of what it takes to be a player on a global stage. The union folks for the most part didn’t seem to appreciate her all that much, but they no longer hold sway as they once did.