How many more body blows can “Hope & Change” withstand before totally collapsing? This is the second big hit in two days, especially for labor unions.
When President Obama nominated Erroll Southers to head the Transportation Security Administration back in September, labor unions were more turned on than Nancy Pelosi during a Nip/Tuck marathon. After all, the whole point of the nomination was for Southers to usher in collective bargaining for screeners, allowing unions snouts even deeper in the public trough.
Republicans, led by Jim DeMint, understood this and protested the nomination.
Criticized by some conservative Republicans, President Obama’s nominee to head up the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Erroll Southers, withdrew his name from consideration, it was announced today.
Southers, the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department Assistant Chief for Homeland Security and Intelligence, said in a statement that though he’d been “extremely excited about the opportunity” to head the TSA, “it is apparent that this path has been obstructed by political ideology” and that his “nomination has become a lightning rod for those who have chosen to push a political agenda at the risk of the safety and security of the American people.”
The reference to what Southers called an “unacceptable” and “partisan” climate was intended as a shot against Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, who had repeatedly questioned whether Southers would allow TSAâ€™s security screeners to unionize.
“The safety and security of the American people are far too important to be controlled by union bosses,” DeMint said last Fall.
The timing is no coincidence. I doubt this would have happened had Coakley won yesterday. What a difference a day makes.
Can you imagine a unionized TSA?
Screener: Step aside please for additional checking.
You: But my flight is in 10 minutes!
Screener: And my mandatory break is now. I’ll be back in 30 minutes. Don’t go anywhere.
You: Can’t somebody else do it?
Screener: Against regs. Wilma over there is only allowed to check women’s bras and Frank’s out on disability leave. See you in 30 — or you rent a car and drive where you’re going. I don’t care.