LABOR UNIONS FOR DEAN….I’ve been reading all the stories about Howard Dean sewing up endorsements from SEIU (service workers) and AFSCME (government employees), two big labor unions, and I’m a little puzzled. This is obviously great news for Dean’s campaign, but none of the reports seem to indicate why they’re supporting Dean.

My first thought was that this had something to do with his increasingly outspoken criticism of free trade policies, but that doesn’t make sense. These are both service unions, and their members aren’t really affected much by NAFTA and WTO and all that.

I suppose all will be explained next week when the two unions officially announce their endorsement, but I’m curious now. What was it about Dean ? or about what he promised them ? that caused these unions to decide he was their brightest hope?