With friends like them …
As bona fide, card-carrying kibitzers in the upcoming November political silliness, we cannot help but wonder what Mark Begich must be feeling about unions right about now. With friends like them, he must be thinking, who needs enemies?
The AFL-CIO has decided it will hang onto its current meal ticket, Republican-cum-independent-cum-undeclared-cum-independent again Gov. Bill Walker in the upcoming general election and kick Begich to the curb. No money. No help. No Love.
Not only that, it wants Begich, the Democratic Party’s nominee, to call it quits so Walker – who exited stage left from the Democratic primary without even a by your leave – will face former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla head on. It even says all that publicly, as if Begich is no big deal to the unions.
Begich, former senator and Anchorage mayor, always has been a union champion – and for that he has drawn fire from the right, including us. His generosity to them over the years has been the stuff of legends. For the unions now to turn their back on him – even sticking him in the back on the way out the door – is absolutely breath-taking.
What did they get in return? A guy who slashed Permanent Fund dividends in half and fed his gas pipeline fantasy while criminals took over the state.
No matter your political leanings, you can say a lot of things about Begich, but our favorite and one we have used on occasion – that he is owned by the unions – seems somehow passé nowadays.
As he found out the hard way: With friends like them, who needs enemies?