Hey everybody, I’ve been MIA for a couple days so I’ve got some catching up to do.

First:

The Senate claimed another victim yesterday. This time it was Craig Becker one of Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the anti-democratic, anti-labor bias of the world’s most obnoxious deliberative body was on full display. A majority of the Senate voted to confirm Becker, 52-33 which in the bizzaro world of the upper chamber wasn’t enough to push him over the edge. (The magical 60-vote was needed to overcome the inevitable filibuster.) Ostensible Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson exhibited his usual douchebaggery, joining the Republicans in their obstructionism. Becker was blocked because of his past employment by the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which conservatives argued would make him bias in his deliberations. Probably true. Somehow I can’t remember them making such a stink about Bush’s unabashedly pro-business appointees.

Second:

My article about the perpetual failure of labor law reform is now up at Campus Progress, the youth wing of the Center For American Progress. It basically gives a lengthier version of some of my recent Slog posts. Check it out.