Ben Smith writes in Politico of EFCA and other legislative initiatives, "Issues tabled, left still professes hope":
The Obama White House has, through administrative action, done much to satisfy groups of supporters. The president has made record-breaking numbers of senior Hispanic appointments, for instance, and reinvigorated the agency that regulates workplace safety, a labor priority.
But legislation is another story. The Employee Free Choice Act didn’t even get a mention in the State of the Union, though Obama technically supports it. Senate Democrats like Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas have appeared to bend to fierce local pressure to oppose it. Still, the unions fight on: The act is "still one of our top priorities," said AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale. "[We] still think it can be done."
The union is continuing to push the legislation with state events, asking members to call and write Congress and lobbying legislators and making the case that stronger unions are part of a stronger economy.
Their allies in maintaining what is widely viewed on Capitol Hill as a fiction — that the bill has even the slimmest chance of passage this year — are the half-dozen groups spawned by the business community to fight it, whose own viability depends on their constituents’ alarm.
"We can’t put anything past the union bosses. They have invested half a billion dollars in the current leadership and expect a return and have said as much," said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute.
It is an approach about which Slate’s Mickey Kaus tweeted: "Now $-raising kabuki on both sides"
But in "Where There’s a Bill, There’s a Way," TheTruthAboutTheEFCA blog opines that labor has invested too much capital "to walk away without anything they can claim as a victory and it’s clear they are still discussing methods of attaching EFCA language to other bills."