You’ll need to get through a little bit of political grandstanding, but one particular moment in today’s Senate HELP Committee hearing provides an unfortunate picture of what we might expect from some elements in the debate — and perhaps beyond.  At 43:25, EFCA opponent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) was in the midst of an opening statement critical of the legislation when Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) had to admonish the EFCA supporters gathered in the gallery:

I don’t want to permit any hissing or booing or foot-stomping or throwing of things like that.

For those concerned about how card check exposes employees to harassment and coercion, it is certainly a fair question to ask if this is how EFCA supporters act in as dignified setting as there may be in American politics, on their biggest day, how will they act when trying to collect those cards from workers in parking lots, pool halls and living rooms all across the country?