@JohnAskew:

Holman Jenkins, a great writer for the WSJ, wrote about Hostess today:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578130912150512612.html

Under the latest turnaround plan, the sticking point was Hostess's distribution
operations, source of the Hostess horror stories filling the media.
Union-imposed work rules stopped drivers from helping to load their trucks. A
separate worker, arriving at the store in a separate vehicle, had to be employed
to shift goods from a storage area to a retailer's shelf. Wonder Bread and
Twinkies couldn't ride on the same truck.

 

True, a slight inconvenience is that many of the private-equity firms involved
with Hostess are linked to the Democratic Party. This should not be a surprise.
For good reason, private investors plying heavily unionized industries find it
useful to maintain strong connections to Democrats. The only reason that Bill
Clinton buddy Ron Burkle isn't mixed
up in the Twinkie mess is that his bid to buy Hostess out of its previous
bankruptcy didn't succeed.