Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Please, please, please be nice

The Post asks the "group representing union stagehands" to quit making trouble for Denver's bid to host the 2008 Democratic Convention:

Lots of Democrats are hoping to hold their party's 2008 national convention in Colorado. It would give the party an opportunity to showcase a modern and moderate face, and to challenge Republicans on their own turf. New York is also in the running, but there's less to gain by convening in a city where the Democrats have been time and time again . . . .

Organized labor is a key part of the Democratic coalition, in Colorado and elsewhere, but the party's convention shouldn't be an up-or-down union prerogative. If that's the tenor of Democratic strategy, the party will be hard put to compete for votes outside the industrial states.

Torpedoing a Denver convention would diminish the reputation of organized labor when it should be pursuing opportunities for growth. Labor leaders should make this non-issue go away.

How many union stagehands can there be in Denver? Oh. Well, as usual, Lenin knew what to do. Militants Notice!

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