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Obama's sole venture into limited government: stopping the federal mob probe of the Teamsters

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By See-Dubya  •  May 5, 2008 11:52 PM

This is pretty juicy, I think. It’s in the Wall Street Journal news pages, but you have to get there through Google News.

Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign.

You know that Obama. He’s always looking for small-government solutions. Seriously, why would he want to drop the investigation of the Teamsters?

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor confirmed the candidate’s position in a statement to The Wall Street Journal, saying that Sen. Obama believes that the board “has run its course,” because “organized crime influence in the union has drastically declined.” Mr. Vietor said Sen. Obama took that position last year.

Oh, well, then. The Teamsters’ full-throated endorsement of Obama had nothing to do with that.

I say it’s especially juicy because the Obamessiah and the Teamsters are both taking pains to deny it, and saying that Hillary does it too!

Tony Soprano was not available for comment.

In other Obama news, my little graphic about “Which terrorists support which Democratic presidential candidate?” earned lots of huffing, snorting, and eye-rolling amid the liberal blogs. Andrew Sullivan even nominated me for his coveted “Malkin Award”, which he awards to bloggers who are a bit emphatic for his refined Oxonian tastes. And someone else even described it as “red-baiting”.

With that in mind, I would caution the terminally sensitive not, under any circumstances, to follow this link to Nice Deb, who has compiled a list of “Reds Who Support Obama”.

So what, the comment trolls may ask. But in turn I’d ask them, why do you think it is that so many commies are backing Obama?

(I’d also ask them to remind me exactly what’s wrong with what they call “red-baiting.”)

If this list is somehow unfair, I invite you to compile a list of communists and socialists who are supporting McCain. Hey, I don’t like him either. But at least his interactions with communists have tended to be a bit more…adversarial.

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