The PJ Tatler

Admit It: Here's a Headline You Never Thought You'd Ever See

As if you needed any further proof of the existence of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party and its offshoot, the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government, look no farther:

President Obama opened an intense final round of lobbying to win support for his sweeping Pacific Rim trade accord ahead of a crucial vote in the House as soon as next week, expressing confidence that he will overcome deepening skepticism among fellow Democrats.

The push from the president included direct calls to lawmakers, interviews with television stations in key states and plans to bring several Democrats aboard Air Force One with him to a summit in Germany this weekend. Obama is asking them to support legislation, approved by the Senate last month, that would grant him fast-track authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation pact that the president has called central to his second-term agenda.

In a sign of how high the stakes have become, the White House was coordinating its efforts with House Republican leaders, who are in rare agreement with Obama and are canvassing for as many votes as possible from their caucus to ensure a buffer if the president is unable to win much support from his party.

Remember all those GOP candidates who told you last fall how they were going to stop Obama? Yeah, those guys. And so you went ahead and voted for them –and now you have six more years of the loathsome Mitch McConnell, and at least two more years of the speakership of Weepy John Boehner, to watch on television.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who declined to disclose his vote tally Thursday, said that he talked by phone to Obama a day earlier. “He’s got some work to do,” Boehner said of Obama. Boehner warned that if the votes do not materialize this month, the administration’s trade agenda is probably doomed. White House aides foisted the pressure back onto Boehner, noting that the House GOP won a larger majority during the midterm elections in the fall and that the speaker has promised to move his agenda through the chamber.

Honestly, if the Republican congressional delegation were any worse led, it would be the Democrat congressional delegation. It’s disgusting, and all the more so because — ta da! — the language of the TPP bill is: Top Secret. They’ll have to pass the legislation so they — and we — can find out what is in it.