“Perhaps it was the hearty and slightly profane introduction,” but Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D) “gave one of her most energetic campaign speeches yet” at a MO meeting of the AFL-CIO.
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AFL-CIO’s MO pres. Hugh McVey welcomed her by saying that she would “kick (Rep. Roy) Blunt’s (R-07) ass.”
Carnahan, on Blunt: “How much longer does he need to stick it to us? Here’s what I say: Not a minute longer.”
Carnahan, on Blunt’s leading role in passing the bailout bill: “He bailed them out with $700 billion of our money — our money!”
Carnahan, on Blunt’s opposition to minimum wage increases: “That just offends me. It offends me. It is bull” (Wagman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/31).
AFL-CIO pres. Richard Trumka at the meeting: “The party of ‘No’ doesn’t want your vote. … All they want you to do is stay home out of frustration. … You’ve got to beat this guy, and you’ve got to lift Robin up.”
Carnahan: “We do not have to be destined on this path we’re on!”
Trumka also called House Min. Leader John Boehner (R-OH) “the tan wonder. … His idea of job creation is to hire a second caddy” (Mannies, St. Louis Beacon, 8/31).
Smoke And Mirrors
St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorializes, on Blunt and Boehner: “More for the rich. Less for the poor and middle classes. No savings. Higher deficits. Smoke. Mirrors. Buzzwords” (8/30).