‘Fanatic’ in scare quotes because the guy was all hat, no cattle. Take a look at this clip from 2009:
Amusingly, George Miller couldn’t be bothered to get card check passed when his party had super-majorities in the House and Senate*. Why? Because then George Miller couldn’t fund-raise off of card check, of course.
I don’t know how to put this – no, wait, I do: the union leadership sold out their workers to the Democrats, and then they sent over George Miller to tell them that everything was hunky-dory. And now the Democrats want the unions to feel bad because Miller is retiring. They should be jumping for joy, instead. He never did them no favors.
*The Democrats spent that political capital on Obamacare, you see. Which, of course, ended up threatening to hurt the labor movement’s health care coverage plans in new and profound ways.
Looks like George Miller finally realized that he’s never getting that House Education/Workforce* chairmanship back: “Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2014.” The seat, alas, is D+17; and Miller is probably not leaving because he got caught at something. However, it’s always nice to see the Other Side lose just a little bit more of its institutional knowledge**. Normally wouldn’t matter so much under a competent Minority Leader (entropy eventually wins all bets); but then, Nancy Pelosi is hardly competent…
*Under Miller it was temporarily called Education/Labor. I mention this largely because rust never sleeps.
**That’s me being polite and not saying that George Miller was a prime example of the barnacle class of legislator. He’s getting lauded right now, sure: but what the heck did he do during his tenure that a younger, more vigorous progressive legislator could not have done? Spoiler warning: not much.
It’s the usual trick of taking the first half of a sentence and presenting it as a complete statement. In this case, this turns “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter” into “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act;” Rep George Miller (D, CA-07) and SEIU are now using the truncated quote to pretend that the Wall Street Journal is on their side of the secret ballot question.