Thus far Hillary Clinton’s road to the White House has been as smooth as a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The powers behind the thrown are all in, including the likes of Randi Weingarten‘s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union. Unwavered support of them was a no brainer.
However, Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO has not handed over the expected endorsement. What troubles the AFL-CIO boss is Hillary’s stance on the recently passed trade legislation. Clinton has not made a decision on it. This is troubling to the union boss who is adamantly against the trade deal. Also, another unanticipated speed bump in the name of Bernie Sanders has popped up; and he is picking up union support along the way. As of yet none of Hillary’s organizers have suffered agita, but sometimes it takes awhile before the stomach acids regurgitate.
If Hillary makes a “no”decision on trade she will risk Democrat support in the larger battle to come. Keep in mind that President Obama needed the support of a Republican Congress to pass the legislation. Hillary is in between the proverbial rock and hard place; Bernice Sanders is dead set against the trade deal. This put pressure on HRC to just say “no”, but the risks are many especially when it comes to the main bout. Seen as anti growth, anti trade, Hillary will be pilloried throughout the campaign.
How she talks her way out of this one would be a sight to see.