Update, 10/13: I know I gave Bennet too much credit for his mealy-mouthed opposition to “the language in that bill,” but couldn’t resist the opportunit for snark. Writing at Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover expounds further.
While it may be true that all good things must come to an end, that’s not necessarily the case for things that have been trapped in a state of crystallized indecision for many, many months. In the case of Michael Bennet and card-check, though, it was. On February 10, 2009, I first wrote about the appointed Colorado Senator’s Big Labor-sponsored legislative dilemma. Lo, these more than 600 days later, the Denver Post reports Bennet had an epiphany:
After more than a year of equivocating on the Employee Free Choice Act, which would greatly ease union organizing, Bennet said: “I would not support the language in that bill.” Business leaders who have been demanding opposition from Bennet immediately jumped on the words as great encouragement.
“With jobs and the economy being the top issue on the minds of Colorado voters, it’s great news for Colorado small business and individual workers that both candidates said in tonight’s debate that they oppose EFCA,” said Sandra Hagen Solin, state director of the Coalition for Colorado Jobs. “We are very pleased to hear Sen. Bennet, after months of silence, tell Colorado voters that he opposes the bill.”
I never thought I’d see the day. You know, some might chalk it up to election season convenience, but do we really need to be so cynical about the political process? Senator Bennet, thank you for seeing the light on card-check in the final months of your term in office.