We reported this unnamed comment from the White House (in regards to the Lincoln-Halter campaign) last night in the live blogging, but it is worthy of a little more exposure:
Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise,” the official said. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that was Rahm Emanuel (just add in the usual expletives on your own, and you probably got the actual transcript).
OK, now I think Progressives (and dare I say Liberals, I think I do!) already know that this White House hates us as much as the Previous Seven Administrations of Saint Ronnie, but if you had any doubts, this comment should wash them from your soul.
In as much as the White House’s preferred candidate, Blanche Lincoln, the bluest of the blue dogs, won the night, this was a pure poison pen letter, and stupid to boot: our idiot President Carebear needs the base to get out the vote in November, so insulting us seems like a stupid thing to do.
Secondly, Labor has been a reliable resource for the left, Blanche Lincoln, not so much. Dissing Labor is a stupid thing to do. Say goodbye to “free” campaign workers, Rahm
Lastly, unless President Carebear’s seven-dimensional chess game is to lose the House in the fall (and it could well be), he needs all hands on deck.
I wonder how much money it will cost the DNC to keep Blanche Lincoln in her seat, because I’m betting that she is not going to get much money from the base who loathe her. And when she loses to GOP’s rising star, Senator John Boozman (and I think she will), somehow Rahm will blame the Left and Unions for the loss of that seat.
Rahm is such a dunce.
UPDATE 1: SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: ‘Sen. Lincoln won a narrow victory after a bruising runoff election … Working families all over Arkansas supported Lt. Governor Bill Halter’s bid … because he spoke up for them … The tens of thousands of volunteers and activists have made their point loud and clear: If you stop fighting for working families, working families will stop fighting for you.’
UPDATE 2: In a blast e-mail to campaign supporters, Lincoln wrote: ‘President Clinton called me tonight when it was clear we were going to win and said, ‘Blanche, you’re the new Comeback Kid!’ The campaign headlined a release, ‘Arkansas’s New Comeback Kid.’ (Jeebus, gag me with a spoon.)