Kerry and his senior advisers, in particular, were furiously calling SEIU president Andrew Stern. Their anger and sense of futility built when rumor started to spread mid-day that not only had Dean been tabbed by the SEIU, but also that the Gerald McEntee’s American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees seemed destined to endorse the diminutive one from Vermont.
“Kerry was apoplectic,” says one of his campaign staffers. “He just went nuts. We are just devastated. We knew SEIU was probably lost after the summer conference where Dean and Edwards came out ahead in straw poll voting of membership. But AFSCME was supposed to be in the bag. We thought once McEntee got over Clark, he was back to us. This hurts.”
Kerry spent much of Wednesday and Thursday on the campaign trail attacking Dean for his remarks about wanting to be the candidate of voters with the Confederate flag on their trucks. Kerry’s remarks were tailored almost exclusively to minority voters, and even more narrowly to the large SEIU and AFSCME membership in New Hampshire and elsewhere. SEIU has one of the largest — if not the largest — minority membership in organized labor.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?