February 29, 2008

MORE ON DEMOCRATS AND TRADE:

At an event Monday at George Washington University, a moderator asked four House Democrats if any thought it “practical” or a “good idea” to reopen and renegotiate Nafta. The crew, led by Democratic Caucus head Rahm Emanuel, stared uneasily into the middle distance before submitting “no.”

“We’ll see if word gets to Ohio,” joked the moderator.

It didn’t, and that’s got some grown-ups in the party nervous.

Alas, the “grown-ups” aren’t running for President.

UPDATE: Daniel Drezner observes:

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Democrats cannot simultaneously talk about improving America’s standing abroad while acting like a belligerent unilateralist when it comes to trade policy.

Indeed.