Orrin Hatch: GOP Can Hang On
Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) spent time this week with Pajamas Media for a lengthy chat on the Senate, Barack Obama and "the future of the free market." He was candid throughout and remarkably upbeat about the chances of John McCain to pull out a win.
But he did not conceal his concern that should the Democrats get to sixty votes in the U.S. Senate "then it's over" as he bluntly put it. The "it" is nothing short of our system of free market capitalism.
Will the Democrats get to 60?
He said, "I don't think so but I think they [the Democrats] think so." He said that it is starting to "dawn on Americans that without 41 solid votes -- which means 43 or 44 total -- for a Republican firewall then it's all over." He means that there will be no stopping the liberal juggernaut. He points to the Employee Free Choice Act which would dispense with secret ballot union elections in lieu of authorization cards signed in the presence of union officials. He says, "Basically it says that the union can send a union representative -- and these are not little people -- to your work or home and intimidate people. If they get 50% to sign cards you are unionized against your will. It is the most anti-democratic thing you can think of."
That part of the bill, however, is "not the worst of it." He explains that the bill requires that within ninety days, if a contract is not agreed up the union can bring in a federal mediator." Then he continues, "The government can force mandatory arbitration and the government then can set wages and terms and conditions of employment for two years." He asks "Can you imagine how many companies would leave America?" He is blunt. Once the card check bill is passed, he says, "We'll never get rid of it." That is because the Republicans haven't in recent history come close to sixty votes in the Senate which would be needed to withstand a Democratic filibuster in the future to protect Big Labor's prized achievement.
In sum, unless the Republicans can get forty-one seats plus a few to cover defections, there will be, in Hatch's colorful words, no way to stop the "wing-ding, bats out of the belfry things like card check."
Senator Hatch is candid: It's the money.
Hatch goes on to describe the enormous money advantage that Democrats enjoy, in large part because of the soft and hard money raised by Big Labor. He estimates that combined soft and hard money in local, state and federal races is a billion dollars. For example, in Gordon Smith's Senate race in Oregon, Democrats with the help of labor unions have raised $32M. Hatch details the year long effort he has devoted to fundraising.
He emphasizes, "Even at this late date if everyone who reads blogs would go to NRSC.org and click we could raise enough to make a difference."