A lot of gall | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 16, 2009

A lot of gall

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 6:54 AM

Republicans have it, John Brummett writes, in dragging out a man they typically revile and smear -- George McGovern -- to support their view on union card check legislation.

Time again to note that the Employee Free Choice Act does not unilaterally end secret ballot union elections, it makes them the choice of workers, not management. And it restores some balance to a process that utterly favors employers.

Some of the rarely seen other side of this argument from the American Prospect. Also, Think Progress explains McGovern's long animus toward organized labor for refusing to endorse him in 1972. (A bad decision on labor's part, but an element in his position today.)

Also, eLwood noted last night a good post on our Street Jazz blog about the Free Choice Act and Rep. John Boozman's disinformation campaign on the issue.

UPDATE: A Republican reader disputes the notion that McGovern's use by conservatives is strictly situational. He offers this American Conservative piece which describes McGovern as "a temperamental conservative, an anti-militarist, and a committed decentralist."

UPDATE II: Labor draws a parallel with taxpayer bailouts for opponents of its legislation.

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