Tuesday, May 24, 2005

CAFTA and the Filibuster

Michael Barone has a great column in today's Sun Times on how anger is clouding Democrat's good judgement and respect for their own traditions. Barone notes,
You can see the evidence in the Senate debate, where they are claiming as a time-honored tradition their recent practice of filibustering appellate court nominees. Yet only 14 years ago, when the nomination of Clarence Thomas was before the Senate, no Democratic senator gave serious consideration to a filibuster, though there were enough senators opposed to Thomas to uphold one.
And what's worse to a bread-and-better jobs-guy like me is the party's opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
The Democratic Party was historically the party of free trade, and House Democrats provided between 75 and 120 votes for previous free trade agreements. The Democrats' rage against Bush and the Republicans is understandable. But do they really want to turn their back on their history and our neighbors?

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