United Mine Workers endorse (sic) ObamaI wonder if Mr. Roberts actually believes this line of bullshit.
The Associated Press
Washington -- The United Mine Workers of America endorsed Barack Obama for president Wednesday despite his recent defeats in primaries in coal-producing states where many of the union's members vote.
The endorsement continues organized labor's swing over to the Democratic front-runner as the primaries wrap up. Obama lost heavily to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Tuesday's Kentucky primary and last week's West Virginia primary.
"Senator Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families,'' union president Cecil E. Roberts said. (link)
Barack Obama has nothing on common with those who toil in the mines. Nothing. And the miners know it. Thus the landslide victory for the most hated woman in politics (no small clue to local attitudes in itself) in the primaries.
Ronald Reagan knew way back when that he would not receive any union endorsements when he ran for president. But he didn't want them. And he knew that he didn't need them. He wanted - and got - overwhelming support, though, from union rank-and-file. What counts.
The rest is history. Just ask former President Mondale.