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Mickey Kaus points out that the Service Employees Union, fresh from trying to strong-arm every Democrat they can find in the Senate on card check, is now trying to do the same on health care. He wonders:

Does this hurt the SEIU’s “card check” push by annoying the very moderate Dem Senators they must convince in order to get a pro-labor compromise passed? Or does it help the union, which can now say “Sen. Landrieu–if you vote for card check we’ll give you a pass on health care and stop attacking you”? It’s a form of leverage, after all. And it’s leverage that’s unavailable to the SEIU on the “card check” issue itself: It’s not as if the union could run an ad attacking moderate Dems for failing to embrace “card check,” which is hard to defend in public.

Well, let’s assume that card check doesn’t yet have the votes to pass the Senate. And let’s also assume that, barring a decision by the Obama administration to jettison the rest of its agenda and suffer through a knock-down-drag-out filibuster fight that will endanger Red State Democrats, it isn’t coming up for a vote soon. That would suggest card check is just a chit to be played by SEIU and the rest of Big Labor to achieve other aims—a pro-labor health care bill (i.e. no taxing union health care benefits no matter how generous they may be), a perpetual parade of protectionist legislation (the cap-and-trade bill being the latest example), ongoing support for the United Auto Workers, etc.

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