The Inside Scoop From San Francisco – Masters of the Obvious

We weren’t surprised to see the San Francisco Chronicle report that “Courting unions seen as key for Obama win in 2012.”

The president is well beyond the courting stage. From bailouts to big government policies, the Administration carries water for the union bosses at every turn. In return, the campaign will get nearly one billion dollars in support for his re-election effort. “Obama needs union backing to reach working-class white voters in swing states such as Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, experts say, as well as their cash if he’s going to raise at least $750 million in his bid to stay in office,” the paper reports.

Despite all he has done, the union bosses are not satisfied.


Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the National Nurses Union in Oakland, said leaders of her 160,000-member organization are in “very, very high-level discussions” about not offering a presidential endorsement in 2012. DeMoro and others remember Obama promising during his 2008 campaign that “if American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself.” Instead, DeMoro said Obama has been “a bystander” in the Wisconsin fight.