If you are following the debate over the Employee Free Choice Act (card check), the Workplace Fairness Institute has a Twitter feed with lots of good links. Ed Morrisey has a great post today on the issue at Hot Air.
Today, Democrats in both chambers of Congress will carry Big Labor’s water and introduce the Employee Free Choice Act, better known as Card Check. With wide majorities in both the House and Senate, Barack Obama shold expect to see the bill on his desk soon. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that several key Senators have second thoughts about their support, now that it will really count — including one RINO who could make the difference…
The list includes one RINO who suddenly discovered he was on an endangered-species list. Arlen Specter voted for Card Check in 2007, the last time it hit the floor, but the vote then was relatively safe. Even with a slim Democratic majority, it had no real chance of passing Congress, and then-President Bush had already vowed to veto it. As John Kline said in his conference call, a yes vote was a safe way to pander to union constituencies without having any chance of doing real damage.
Circumstances changed with the election of Barack Obama and the establishment of a near-filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. A yes vote is no longer safe, but will likely result in the implementation of Card Check. It’s one of the GOP’s biggest legislative priorities, along with FOCA, and a betrayal here will cinch the GOP effort to unseat Specter in 2010. After all, if he won’t oppose Card Check, what part of the Obama agenda will he not support?
Update II: Rachel Maddow’s embarrassing EFCA flub.