On Senate Democrats’ entertaining defiance against Barack Obama.

Somebody tell me again how brilliant Barack Obama is. No, seriously.  I enjoy a good laugh, now and then.

In a lengthy phone call, Obama pressed his close friend Dick Durbin to help advance his fast-track bill, which would pave the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest trade accord in history.


In the end, Obama’s schmoozing didn’t persuade Durbin. He opted instead to stick with Reid (D-Nev.), joining all but one Senate Democrat in a stunning rebuke that imperils a centerpiece of Obama’s second-term agenda. The vote does not kill the trade agreement — the Senate could reconsider the bill anytime — but it amounts to an embarrassing setback for the White House at a key time in the delicate, 12-nation TPP talks. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware was the only Democrat to back the White House.

Now, I understand that a bunch of folks on my side were against that bill. I feel compelled to note for the record that I personally would not feel comfortable about being on the same side of an issue as Senator Elizabeth Warren; but with that sidelong mutter out of the way I hope that we can all agree that there is some pleasure to watching this particular crack-up. Especially since nobody actually expects the trade agreement to be permanently scuppered. Doubly especially because the way that this gets resolved will undoubtedly be via the judicious use of dirty intramural fighting on the Democratic side.

Moe Lane

PS: I wonder when the first racism accusations will hit the floor?  Gotta be soon, yes-no?


  • acat says:

    Durbin? Yeah .. I don’t see him dealing well with being called an “old white guy”.

  • Luke says:

    Accusations of racism and sexism started flying yesterday. Moe, were you asleep at the switch? (What? Too soon?)
    Although Senator Warren is a whackadoo, there are likely some positions she holds that I would agree with.
    I suspect copyright and the public domain would be among them.

    • Luke says:

      For clarify, I should note that any time in recent years that there have been secretive trade talks with the Orient, copyright has made a prominent appearance. And not in a good way.

  • Mikey NTH says:

    Even George W. Bush could get things through Congress when his party did not control both Houses, because he and his people, as kids, read “How to Care for Your Monster” – excuse me – “The Care and Feeding of Representatives and Senators.”


  • Mikey NTH says:

    Question: “Why is a werewolf on the beach like Christmas?”

  • Mikey NTH says:

    Answer: “Both have Sandy Claws.”

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