February 26, 2008


Democrats vs. Trade (The Editors, 2/26/08)

Even if Hillary Clinton comes back to win the Democratic nomination and then the presidency, there will be no Clinton Restoration in economics. The Democratic party is well to the left of where it was in the 1990s. For evidence, look no further than the dispute over the North American Free Trade Agreement developing in the state of Ohio. [...]

The Republican nominee, John McCain, is a stalwart free trader. We hope he pushes back against the economic nonsense coming from the Democrats. He should also point out their geopolitical hypocrisy. Unilateralism has been one of the chief Democratic indictments of the Bush administration. Supposedly Republicans have alienated world opinion, and even our natural allies, with their high-handed ways. But the Democrats would reject trade deals with countries that need them and want to be our friends, and for the most parochial of reasons: the desire to win their party’s primaries.

The Democrats also claim to be the party that cares the most about the world’s poor. But their opposition to free trade would have the effect of shutting the richest market in the world to countries desperate to export their way out of poverty.

It’s too bad that the Democrats have lost their way on trade and now repudiate the successes of the 1990s.

Nothing brings a smile more surely than the National Review defending the conservatism of both Bill Clinton and John McCain.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2008 5:59 PM

The urban ledgend strikes again: that "third-way," "centrist" Democrat party of the 1990's, with its "Assault" "Weapons" "Ban," and queers in the military.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 26, 2008 6:55 PM

You can hardly be more centrist than such a marginal gun law and booting out admitted queers, which is why W stated his support for both.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2008 9:18 PM