WHO KNEW THAT THERE WERE SO MANY RACISTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY:
DENVER â€” Racial prejudice is being cited among senior union leaders to explain Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s difficulty in winning over support from white rank-and-file members.
Obama (D-Ill.) is counting on organized labor to help win him key electoral votes in Ohio, Michigan and other battleground states. Karen Ackerman, political director for the AFL-CIO, acknowledged that Obamaâ€™s race is an important factor for some union members.
â€œThis race is very complicated because there is an African-American candidate for president,â€ said Ackerman. â€œWe feel there is a racial component for some union members, but weâ€™re confident we can overcome that.â€
Some in the labor movement say that Obamaâ€™s race has made it difficult for a significant number of union members to support him over Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee.
Of course, they may not be racists — they may have problems with Obama’s (and, now Biden’s) hardline anti-gun stance. Then there’s the whole Bill Ayers thing . . . . (Via Michelle Malkin).
Some related thoughts from Shannon Love.
UPDATE: Reader Bryan Walter emails:
It isnâ€™t racism. I am a less than proud member of SEIU. The first few calls from the union, I responded by politely asking them not to call back. Now I simply hang up on them and their junk mail goes right in the trash.
If the union would actually do something to help itâ€™s members instead of perpetually pursuing political power maybe itâ€™s membership would be more enthusiastic.