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Democrats’ Quandary in WA Washington state

Washingtonians view unions as job sinkholes; Dems have a problem on their hands

Unions and Democrats have had a rocky enough relationship for years now, mostly because union membership has dwindled and Democrats haven’t done “enough” for unions. Losing takes its toll on coalitions after a while.

Liberal and Progressive pundits are starting to notice. The Daily Kos had an interesting interview question for our Democratic gubernatorial candidate the other day.

Unions give money and time almost exclusively to Democratic candidates and causes, and in return they expect a lot of pull within the party and their issues to have priority. The Party is trapped right now, because many Washingtonians see unions as job-stoppers, not job creators. So Dems can lose independents and this election by hugging their supporters, lose long-time support from unions, or try to toe the line by telling unions they don’t have the votes in a state where Democrats have ruled exclusively for 20+ years, while telling everyone else they are pro-business/pro-jobs (who isn’t pro-jobs, BTW?)

Which is what they’re doing now. Expect lots of this doubletalk between now and the 2012 election.

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About humourologist

A man who is interested in almost everything, I am a writer, blogger, and political junkie since long before graduating from Pacific Lutheran University. Currently an Action For Washington fellow and content editor, I was a maintenance guy (including groundskeeping) for 3.5 years. I enjoy applying the inarguable principles of mundane life to big ideas, and I get beat up a lot for doing this.

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