ICYMI: TPA 28 Fly Through Democratic Primaries

 

In case you missed it -- today, Politico published an article on the primary wins of the 28 Democratic House members who voted for Trade Promotion Authority last year, highlighting voter support for trade and members who engage their communities on the merits of TPP. Key excerpts:

Cutting against what has quickly become the political conventional wisdom that Sanders and Donald Trump were propelled by widespread opposition to new trade deals, of the 28 House Democrats who were targeted by organized labor and the progressive base for supporting fast-track, Wasserman Schultz is now the 28th who either skated through a primary challenge or didn't get one at all...

...The anti-trade energy that Trump and Sanders got credit for tapping is less about a sudden leftward or isolationist lurch and more about overall results camouflaging ignorance about TPP outside of Washington and the reality that younger, more educated voters across parties favor open trade by wide margins...

"This is a little bit of a signal that voters appreciate leadership, and you won't be punished for taking a vote that people disagree with if they understand that you thought about it," [(D-Calif.) Rep. Scott] Peters said...

Read the full piece at Politico.