What incredible news. Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the man who tops the White House "most visited list," who was just appointed to Obama's "National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform" commission and now enjoys a revolving door to the White House without signing the visitor's log, the man who didn't bother going stealth to work-up Obama's plan to exempt Unions from full health care costs, the man who says "he is wired to the White House," will announce that he will retire as SEIU's president in 2012.
Stern is allegedly saying he has outlived his usefulness. Well, I don't know about you, but I didn't just start paying attention today. This is not about Stern outliving his usefulness. I don't know what it is "about," but whatever it is, it includes Barack Obama.
Speculations are rife - even that Stern is being considered for Justice Stevens Supreme Court seat. Unlikely, Stern is not an attorney (or at least I cannot find confirmation that he is), but then according to the U.S. Constitution, having a law degree is not mandatory for a seat on SCOTUS, although every past Justice has been an attorney. Maybe that suggestion is a "joke" in the traditional sense.
Michelle Malkin asks if the separation Stern brought about between the AFL-CIO and SEIU, will now re-merge, and if Richard Trumka, new AFL-CIO head has anything to do with Stern's departure?
Stern once said:
We like to say: We use the power of persuasion first. If it doesn't work, we try the persuasion of power."Stern is stepping down without making "Card Check" law. Perhaps once out of the glare of the President's spotlight, he can concentrate on Card Check by directing some targeted persuasion toward Conservative kneecaps.
He is under investigaton for a possible violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and it should be a very, very big deal. Click the link to read some of Stern's tweets.
Or perhaps he plans to protect SEIU's substantial investment in community organizing and resurrect the glory days of ACORN.
Linked by Reaganite Republican - Thanks James!