As Karol’s post shows, folks have a lot to say about Sarah Palin herself. But her appointment also tells us a lot about just how cynical and disingenuous John McCain is. Here’s just one example, specially selected for Labor Day.
McCain introduced Palin as follows: “The person I'm about to introduce to you was a union member and is married to a union member and understands the problems, the hopes and the values of working people….”
As I was listening to the radio on Friday waiting for McCain’s announcement, I heard a spot attacking Jeff Merkley using about the most over-the-top anti-union language you could imagine. The spot essentially compared unions unfavorably to the mafia. It’s part of a much larger corporate campaign not only targeting Merkley but aimed at defeating Democratic Senate candidates across the country.
Now, Senator McCain himself has quite a dismal record of support for organized labor and working people in general. He ‘boasts’ a 17% lifetime rating from the AFL-CIO. He recently voted to filibuster the Federal minimum wage hike and the Employee Free Choice Act.
This typifies the cynicism and dishonesty of John McCain: talk as if unions are a good thing when you need to
bolster invent your working class creds – even bragging about the union membership of your running mate – while you and your allies continue to block pro-worker legislation and denounce unions in the most vicious terms. A real stand up guy.