Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, seems reluctant to take a firm position on an issue dividing her party: whether President Obama should have fast-track trading authority for the immense trade deal he has been negotiating, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With some progressive voters eyeing her with some skepticism, and facing a challenge (such as it is) from candidates on her left, she is being advised to tack in that direction.
President Obama has been pushing hard for the deal, while Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday revolted and voted against a key part of the legislation. One told me, “there was a very strong concern about the lost jobs and growing income inequality,” adding, pointedly: “Ms. Clinton should take notice.”
She clearly did. After first dodging the issue, on Sunday in Iowa, Clinton said that “the President should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible. And if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.”
Clinton said, “there are some specifics in there that could and should be changed. So I am hoping that’s what happens now — let’s take the lemons and turn it into lemonade.“
The trade agreement is vehemently opposed by key liberal constituencies — the labor movement, most notably — who view it as an invitation for corporations to move jobs overseas, and by Sanders, who has said of t he deal that it is “time for the rest of us to stop letting multinational corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense.”
Isn’t it interesting Hillary not only reverses her decision of TPP, but also reversed her decision of the Keystone Pipeline as well? Both of these positions are Sanders positions, who as I said, is scoring big in the polls with the union support.
I guess it doesn’t matter that Hillary was on record as supporting the massive trade deal 45 times. I guess it also doesn’t matter that Hillary was one of the leading factors or drivers of TPP while she was Secretary of State. Maybe she thinks she can just have those records expunged or wiped from her server too! Or maybe she is tired of Bernie winning the union vote so she is going to side with Bernie on everything!
It is clear that this is a strategic move on her part, that is aimed to get to the left of Biden on this issue which is important to union voters. Biden, as the sitting VP is stuck supporting Obama on this one. We will have to see how dems react to this unprincipled move. My guess is they will see right through it and move closer to Bernie Sanders, who has been unwaveringly against this trade deal all along.
Whatever it is, she is certainly counting on the STUPID vote and no one paying attention to her record over the last five years. What can I say, we had enough stupid people vote for Barack Hussein Obama TWICE didn’t we?
Written by Nancy Hayes
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