Here's the latest from Politico on fights between labor and the White House:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) may have survived a primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, but her narrow runoff victory only exacerbated the family feud between the White House and organized labor.
While the three unions that spearheaded the anti-Lincoln push — AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union — were disappointed by Halter’s loss, they remain upbeat about the declaration of independence they delivered to the White House and to Democrats who don’t support their agenda.
“We worked like hell to get the Senate and we worked like hell to get the White House, and our people are saying, ‘What the hell are we getting out of this?’” said Gerald McEntee, president of AFSCME, which shelled out $3 million to back Halter in Arkansas.
“We lost an election on Tuesday, but we laid down a marker,” he added. “We made the good fight, and we also made the point that we are not going to be boxed in by anybody.”
Yesterday Politico's Ben Smith quoted an anonymous W.H. official saying "labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet" on the Arkansas race.