All About Talking The Talk

On Face The Nation, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said this about the ability of unions to bargain collectively:

All these rights are legislatively created. They didn't come down from tablets at the top of a mountain. And so, political things change and go back and forth. And every state is going to make their own determination on that. Wisconsin is in the middle of making that determination. As you know, Bob, there are plenty of states in America where that right doesn't exist. And so, each state has to make their own determination on that.

What's weird is the response of Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin:'s not the legal precision of the answer that is exceptional. What stands out is his utter candor. I frankly can't imagine another politician debunking the notion that public employees have a God-given right to collectively bargain.

So Rubin is a critic of Mitch Daniels and his approach to unions, awed by Chris Christie because he suggests that public employees don't have a God-given right to bargain collectively, unable to imagine any other politician forthrightly taking the same position on the matter... and apparently unaware of this:

Jan. 26, 2005 – In one of his first moves in office, newly elected Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana rescinded the rights of highway police, hospital attendants, mechanics and other state workers to collectively bargain for wage and hour increases, working conditions and other benefits.

On January 11, Daniels, a Republican and former Bush administration official, unilaterally eliminated the unionization rights and contracts of approximately 25,000 state employees, effectively shredding agreements that were set to last as late as 2007.

Why do Rubin and so many others on the right care about rhetoric more than actual policy changes enacted in office?