First few and final two paragraphs from Michelle Malkin’s column today:
Constitutional conservatives don’t like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it.
Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here’s why.
The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty.
… Here is what those of us against the GOP-Obamatrade bills can all agree on: Both political parties in Washington are screwing over our country. American citizens are sick and tired of the permanent ruling class subverting the will of the people in the name of “bipartisanship.” We’ve had enough of Big Business betrayals and Big Government collusion.
What part of “Stop selling out America!” does D.C. not understand?
Locally, Boehner, Steve Chabot and Mr. COAST himself, USA Brad Wenstrup, voted yesterday to enable fast-track trade authority to narrowly clear a procedural hurdle, bringing it closer to reality. Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie opposed it. Shame on them; good for him.
UPDATE: At RedState —
If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership
… So at this point, conservatives are being asked to accept that Republicans must vote for TPA, so that the TPP can pass. Oh, and they’re being asked to accept that TPP is probably a good thing, despite us having to pass TPA to find out what’s in TPP, but even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t pass. Except, see above. We’ve seen time and again Republicans make show votes, after casting the Cloture vote that really decided whether the bill would pass.
It comes down to trust. And the GOP establishment has consistently failed to show any backbone when it comes to fighting Obama. They’re constantly telling us that the good, responsible thing is to pass this bill, but we’ll fight the next time. Only, next time never comes.
Exemplifying this point, I just got off the phone with an official from an outfit which generally supports trade agreements, and asked why his group hadn’t taken a position on TPA, the authorization bill. The answer was essentially that they don’t know what’s in it, so it’s impossible to know where to stand.
That’s leadership’s fault. Until the American people know what’s involved, TPA must be rejected to force it out into the open so it can be properly evaluated.