2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
The Employee Free Choice Act, organized labor’s biggest legislative priority this year, may be dead on arrival. Republicans hate the bill, and have promised a filibuster in the Senate, so for it to pass Democrats have to hold all their members — no guarantee — and pick up a couple votes from across the aisle. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., seemed the likeliest to flip and support cloture, as he voted in favor in 2007. This time around, however, he’s voting against, and that decision probably means the legislation is doomed.
Specter, who confirmed his intentions Tuesday afternoon, had a host of poltical factors to consider regarding this vote. He’s always been unpopular with conservatives, but his vote in favor of the stimulus package rekindled their anger, and pushed it to new heights. Now, he’s likely to face a rematch in the Republican primary against former Rep. Pat Toomey, who came close to unseating him in 2004. Pro-EFCA labor groups like the AFL-CIO promised Specter that they’d support his reelection campaign if he’d vote for the bill, but that apparently was not enough to sway him.
That union backing could have been influential, and certainly it would have been very helpful in a general election, where it might have discouraged Democrats from mounting a serious challenge. But there were good reasons for Specter to decide against accepting it.
Pennsylvania doesn’t allow candidates to run in a primary and then run as an Independent in the general, so if Specter did lose to Toomey, he couldn’t have followed Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman’s example and continued his fight. Plus, Pennsylvania holds a closed primary, meaning only registered Republicans can vote in it; that puts a moderate like Specter at a disadvantage against a more conservative candidate. He had reportedly made some effort towards opening the primary up, but his proposal wasn’t greeted with much enthusiasm. That leaves him stuck with the Republican primary, where the AFL-CIO is really capable only of helping his political career into an early grave.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
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