Just goes to show: there ain’t no such thing as a moderate Democrat. They’ll always turn on you in the middle of a deal. I guess it’s just in their nature?
Senate Democrats handed President Obama a stinging rebuke on Tuesday, blocking consideration of legislation granting their own president “fast track” power to complete a major trade accord with 11 nations in the Pacific Rim.
The Senate vote on a procedural motion to begin debating the bill to give the president “trade promotion authority,” was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60 needed for passage. Republicans and pro-trade Democrats said they will try to negotiate a trade package that can clear that threshold.
I’m pretty sure that opposition to this one was on a party-line vote. One Democrat voted yes; one Republican voted no (three missed the vote). Which pretty much means that Senate Democrats – and that one Republican – are taking their cues from, oh my, Elizabeth Warren*. And that’s just fine by me. Because now would be the time for SML McConnell and the rest of the Republican caucus to come up with something that can be shoved through on a party-line vote for the President to shamefacedly sign.
This is acceptable. And, remember: this is all the Democrats’ fault. We were ready to give the President a bipartisan opportunity to promote trade. But apparently a lot of mostly male, and virtually all white, Democratic politicians have a problem with that…
*I really hope, for Rand Paul’s sake, he’s not the Senator who lined up with Elizabeth Warren. That’s not a good place for a Presidential candidate to be. [UPDATE: As comments reminded me: silly me. McConnell switched his vote for procedural reasons: this way the vote can be reconsidered. Which I knew, already. Again: silly me.]