May 21, 2005


'New Democrat' Bloc Opposes Trade Pact (Thomas B. Edsall, May 21, 2005, Washington Post)

Traditionally pro-business and pro-trade House Democrats have announced plans to vote against the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, a stance putting at risk support from the rapidly growing high-tech community, one of the few major industries that continue to give substantial backing to Democratic candidates.

The four co-chairmen of the 40-member House New Democrat Coalition have declared their opposition to the agreement, provoking an outcry from high-tech lobbying groups. The opposition is a major setback for the Bush administration, which is struggling to get House and Senate votes on the agreement before the Fourth-of-July congressional recess.

In a letter to the New Democrat Coalition last week, the heads of eight high-tech trade associations wrote: "CAFTA makes important progress in areas critical to the long-term success of our industry, and we consider the vote on this agreement to be one of the most important of 2005. We hope that you will reconsider your opposition."

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), a New Democrat co-chairman, acknowledged that "there is no question, it's a risky step" to oppose the agreement.

What are we to make of a party that has now expunged the last vestige of the New Democrat/Third Way agenda that made Bill Clinton the only successful president they've produced in at least the last sixty years?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2005 5:07 PM

That it is now a party completely controlled by fear and envy.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 21, 2005 7:28 PM

How can someone from Washington State be a new democrat???

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 21, 2005 9:49 PM

I normally disagree with those that argue the Dems are going the way of the Dodo but then actions like make me think again.

Posted by: AWW at May 22, 2005 12:25 AM

If the suppoed middle is espousing leftist political/economic positions, then they are doomed to go in the dustbin.

Posted by: jd watson at May 22, 2005 5:28 AM