That giant sucking sound

This Washington Times editorial explains the substantial benefits of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which the Senate approved narrowly and which the House will soon vote on. Some willingness to support free trade represents perhaps the only sigificant positive contribution of the Democratic party of the 1990s. But the Democrats no longer support free trade at all. Nancy Pelosi, the party’s excuse for a House leader, predicts that 95 percent of her charges will oppose CAFTA. In that scenario, approval requires support from 90 percent of House Republicans — a tall order.
That giant sucking sound you hear is the last vestige of responsible statesmanship exiting the Democratic party.

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