Even After Specter, Card Check Still Key
Business leaders and proponents of the secret ballot had reason to cheer last week when Sen. Arlen Specter announce that he would not support Card Check and would not vote for cloture on the bill. But as the Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel editorialized, "the real test ... is yet to come."
According to Strassel and many other beltway observers, Card Check is not over:
"In theory, his (Specter's) decision to join his 40 GOP colleagues in a filibuster kills the bill. In reality, the business community just moved into a far more dangerous phase. Big Labor spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama and other Democrats and get card check; it won't give up. And the unions know the corporate world has a history of fracturing."
So the onus is business to keep up the pressure and stay together. Her last paragraph sums it up:
"...the lesson of card check so far is that, united, the business world still wields extraordinary clout. ... Business's continued unity, or lack of it, will decide what happens next."
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