June 9, 2010

THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF SUCH ACHIEVEMENTS, WHICH THE REST OF US CALL LOSSES:

Election Scorecard: Women and Big Money Win, Labor Takes Huge Hit (Jill Lawrence, 6/09/10, Politics Daily)

Biggest Losers:

Labor and the liberal netroots. Unions sank at least $7 million and untold volunteer hours into defeating Blanche Lincoln, who had disappointed them bitterly with her opposition to a public insurance option in the health reform bill and to the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to form unions. Rep. John Boozman is the Republican nominee and polls show him leading Lincoln by huge margins.

Politics Daily asked AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on Tuesday, before the polls closed, if the investment had been worth it. "Supporting people that support working people is always worth it. Opposing people that don't support working people is also not only worth it, but something that we're obligated to do," Trumka replied. Asked if the AFL-CIO would endorse Lincoln if she won, he replied, "That's a decision that our members on the ground make. I would feel highly surprised if they were to do that."

Later, after she won, Trumka said in a statement that while the outcome was not preferred, it was still a victory: "Taking a two-term incumbent in deep red Arkansas into a runoff, and coming within few thousand votes of her, is a virtually unprecedented achievement. If working families were able to accomplish this in Arkansas, imagine what they can achieve in other states," he said.

The netroots had were equally crestfallen. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, the Daily Kos blog and other activists had coaxed Halter into the race and raised more than $1.2 million for him at ActBlue.com. They were convinced, with backup from polling, that he'd be a a stronger candidate against Boozman than Lincoln. "Look for this to be a Republican pick-up in November," Barbara Morrill wrote Tuesday night at Daily Kos.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2010 5:43 AM
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