Now Big Labor is upset with Boob Obama and pining for Hillary. Big Labor is not alone. Hillary is more popular than Obama and every time Michelle Obama hears that she yanks off a sleeve.
The president’s current favorable rating of 56% is down 22 percentage points since January. Over the same time span, Clinton’s favorable rating has changed little, and now, at 62%, it exceeds Obama’s. [snip]
“Clinton’s current favorable rating ranks among her best in the 17 years Gallup has polled Americans about her.” [snip]
The current 40% unfavorable rating for Obama is his highest, and thus his most negative such rating to date.
M.O. with the help of B.O. has been yanking a lot of sleeves lately. Both of these creatures know the threat they face, the shadow that is blocking their Klieg lights, their spotlight, their limelight… is Hillary.
Initially, the Nobel boob prize lifted B.O.’s fortunes. But the notion of debasing the Nobel into a booby prize has had a comic backlash. The Gallup poll organization knew any upward boob “bump” would not last:
However, Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones explains why this brief respite from dwindling numbers won’t last, especially with discussion this week getting back to health care reform and Afghanistan.
“In fact, odds are the bump will not last, since the improvement in his rating from his term-low 50% early last week has come exclusively among independents and Republicans, who are less likely to stay loyal to the president,” Jones writes.
Michelle Obama is back to yanking off sleeves.
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Labor groups criticized the Senate Finance Committee’s health-care plan Wednesday as “deeply flawed” for its lack of a government-run option and its tax on expensive health-insurance plans.
In ads in major newspapers, unions said a government-run plan is needed to provide competition for big insurers and keep costs down. The unions oppose taxing health-care benefits because they fear the expense will be passed on to members who have forgone higher wages in return for richer health-care packages.
“Unless the bill that goes to the floor of the U.S. Senate makes substantial progress to address the concerns of working men and women, we will oppose it,” said an ad that appeared in the Washington Post and Capitol Hill newspapers.
The ad was paid for by the AFL-CIO and several of its affiliates. The unions were supporters of President Barack Obama’s election effort. [snip]
Gerald McEntee, president of the AFSCME, another co-sponsor of the ads, said he is counting on the House, but voiced more frustration. “We worked like hell in 2006 to have the House go Democrat. We worked in all the other years for Democrats. Now we’ve got a Democrat in the White House and we expect some positive things. It looks like we catered to Sen. [Olympia] Snowe. My God, she’s a Republican, I thought we won,” he said.[snip]
It remains unclear whether unions will open a full-scale assault against any Democratic plans that don’t meet their criteria. But the union opposition could present another obstacle for Mr. Obama’s top domestic priority, at a time when labor leaders still want Mr. Obama’s support for items on their agenda, such as an overhaul of labor laws and trade policy.
McEntee was a Hillary supporter during the primaries and likely has built up resistance to Hopium which allows him to speak more honestly than the rest of Big Labor. But without a doubt Big Labor is realizing it helped elect a Third Bush Term:
Unions spent more than $400 million to support Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign and those of Democratic members of Congress. Mr. Obama has delivered on some promises — he recently imposed trade penalties on Chinese tires and has filled many regulatory jobs with pro-union staff — but unions’ top priority for this year was for Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, a proposal that would make it easier for unions to organize new members and win contracts through binding arbitration. Now EFCA is stalled in the Senate because the current bill lacks 60 votes.
Big Labor should forget about EFCA and real universal health care and reform – that died in Denver in 2008. Barack Obama is Jack Squat.
Twenty-seven U.S. labor unions defied White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and announced their opposition to the $829 billion health-care measure passed yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee.
The unions say in a full-page newspaper advertisement today that lawmakers need to make “substantial” changes to the bill or they will urge their members to seek its defeat on the Senate floor. Emanuel asked organized labor not to go public in opposition, said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Why is Big Labor publicly saying “no”?
They oppose elements of the bill approved by the Senate committee, including a tax on the most-expensive insurance plans. Some union contracts provide health benefits costly enough to be affected.
The provision will become “a tax on the middle class,” who “through negotiations or otherwise, have employer-provided coverage,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in an e-mailed statement.
The measure would impose a 40 percent excise tax on insurers of employer-sponsored health plans with benefits exceeding $8,000 for individual coverage and $21,000 for families.
Whatever the merits of the tax proposal, Obama promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. Big Labor, thugged by the White House remained quiet for a long time. Now we know why:
McEntee said Emanuel called him and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on a Sunday last month and asked them not to oppose the legislation while the Finance Committee was considering it. “We didn’t talk to any senators about our opposition,” he said.
Emanuel pressed labor again last week not to oppose the bill once it was approved by the committee, according to McEntee. “That was not the commitment we made,” he said.
Because of it’s own self-interest (millions of new “health care consumers” will require many new health care workers paying dues to SEIU) the Service Employees International Union is still fully on board with the Obama health care scam.
Big Labor is not alone. Dimocrats and Democrats are not happy either. Some are talking about the “Great Liberal Revolt”:
The star of this Fellini-esque film we call government controlled by Democrats is the president, who has betrayed his own rhetoric for the public option to try to kill it, surrender it, trade it away, leave it behind, talk it down and throw it out 10 different ways.
Make no mistake, the president has privately surrendered the public option to get a single Republican senator who will allow him to pretend this bill has bipartisan support. [snip]
Make no mistake, the president wanted to kill the public option from the beginning, to give it away, notwithstanding his rhetoric for it, to get Republicans to support the bill. I don’t know what is worse: that unlike LBJ fighting for Medicare the president would give away the most important provision for a fig leaf of Republican support, or the fact that the president is so focused on image and public relations that he will try to sell himself as getting a bipartisan bill, with only one Republican, a truth in advertising farce.
We feel sorry for Brent Budowsky, the writer of the above article. He should have read the Big Pink article The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss to avoid the surprise he now expresses.
More from surprised Budowsky:
Make no mistake, healthcare reform has been gutted and stripped by lobbyists from every interest group making a fortune from the current system. Universal coverage is dead. A mandate for coverage is dead. The major reforms to lower healthcare costs are dead. Backroom deals rule the day. Healthcare consumers will pay the price. Premiums will skyrocket and industry profits will shoot to the moon under this so-called reform.
Ho-hum, we knew this in August 2008.
We also knew that Dimocrats and Democrats would come to rue the day, in Denver, in 2008, when Obama was gifted the
Nobel Democratic nomination. The Big Blog boys and Dean/Kennedy/Kerry/Pelosi/Brazile and other creeps are responsible for the Chicago monster they have unleashed.
Now Big Labor, Liberals, and anyone with a brain misses Hillary Clinton:
Where were you when you came to the panicky realization that Hillary Clinton was right?
For me, it was while driving to work one recent morning and talking with a colleague about the state of the health legislation. I was explaining how the Obama plan wasn’t really about universal coverage but rather cutting a deal with the insurance industry and then making it look good for liberals.
I paused, realizing that I had just repeated, almost verbatim, the lines that Clinton used to bludgeon then-Sen. Barack Obama during the Democratic primaries.
As they debated in Cleveland — the nastiest of their one-on-one matchups after John Edwards dropped out to spend more time with his families — Clinton charged that Obama wouldn’t play tough enough and would get rolled by the insurance industry.
Like Budowsky, Chris Stirewalt, the writer of this article, should have read the Big Pink article The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss to avoid the surprise he now expresses (or one of our many articles about Obama’s 15 Million Lies and how to fight them).
Her words came back to me: “Senator Obama’s plan does not cover everyone. It would leave, give or take, 15 million people out.”
I expected to look into the rearview mirror and see her sitting in the back seat cackling and wearing that suit that looked like it had been plucked from the wardrobe trailer of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
I shuddered as I did the math. The plan backed by the White House would cover about 94 percent of Americans, leaving about 15 million without coverage. And as an added injury, under the Obama plan, the uninsured will now be paying fines for the offense of not being able to afford what will be more expensive coverage.
Stirewalt presumes that Hillary would not have adjusted her aims in light of current economic circumstances and calls Hillary’s proposals “real, honest socialism” with real universal coverage. Obama?
With the mumbling, accidental socialism of Obama, the insurance companies get richer and the middle class gets to pay more for less care. And what the working stiffs don’t pay, senior citizens will sacrifice in the form of Medicare cuts.
That’s why so many liberals are now remembering Clinton’s other line from the Ohio primary of March 2008: “Shame on you, Barack Obama.”
Stirewalt adds that most conservatives realized long ago that “Obama was completely out his depth” and can be beaten by them when it comes to policy and in 2012.
They believe that radical Islam and Vladimir Putin will prove to be tougher adversaries than the insurance industry and the senior senator from Maine. [snip]
But conservatives know that they never would have had a chance with Clinton. Where Obama has overfilled his plate like a kid at Thanksgiving dinner and now stares at an unappetizing mountain of cold mashed potatoes, Clinton would have taken measured bites and finished the whole feast.
By the end of her second term (oh, yes), Clinton might have undone the Republican Party for good, turning it into a marginal force that could occasionally block the majority but never really rule.
It is always amazing to us that Republicans and Conservatives can easily see long and short term what Dimocrats and some Democrats are incapable of seeing. Indeed Hillary and the FDR coalition would have destroyed the Republican Party by cementing Latinos and African-Americans to the White Working Class.
But had she won, there’s no doubt that she would have ground up the bones of her enemies and baked chocolate chip cookies with them. Obama, though, has proven to be the only person who could make the GOP look reasonable again after the misadventures of the Bush years.
Conservatives can console themselves with the thought of 2010 and beyond.
For liberals, though, the strange, sad longing for the woman they rejected has only just begun.
Hillary was not rejected. Hillary will still bake cookies with the above named odd ingredients.
Obama was gifted the nomination.
Now Obama has turned publicly poisonous and elements of the Democratic coalition are turning to reality… then to Hillary.