Leslie Dach, Wal-Mart Democrat

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The Wall Street Journal today reports that Wal-Mart, the world's premier union-busting seller of cheap Chinese imports, is warning its managers of dire consequences should the Democrats win big in November:

The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don't specifically tell attendees how to vote in November's election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states.


 Regular readers will recall that Wal-Mart's p.r. and government-relations chief, Leslie Dach, is a prominent Democrat who served as communications director for the Dukakis campaign.  Dach was hired by Wal-Mart specifically to give the company cover with Democrats. It is the hope of Wal-Mart's adversaries that Dach brings the same luck to Wal-Mart that he brought to the Dukakis campaign, but so far, Wal-Mart, aided by naive environmentalists who take the company's ostensible commitment to going green at face value, appears to be escaping the wrath of Democrats this year. Which raises the question: At one point, if ever, will Democrats acknowledge that Leslie Dach is a mercenary who works against the core values of their party?

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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