Hillary Clinton was for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but now she’s not so sure. And, says Charles Krauthammer, her waffling may be enough to draw Elizabeth Warren into the race.
“When you have a 50-point lead and you can’t take a position on an issue that is so obvious . . . it’s not exactly a profile in courage,” said Krauthammer on Wednesday’s Special Report. “Michael Kinsley, the famously liberal editor of The New Republic, once said to me, there are not a lot of propositions in economics or politics that are mathematically provable to be true. Free trade being a net good is one of those few, demonstrated by David Ricardo in 1817. So that’s two centuries, and it remains unrefuted.”
“The problem,” Krauthammer continued, “is there are winners and losers. There’s a net benefit, but there are losers, and the losers are Democrats, the losers are unions. They are identifiable, and they speak out.”
“I think she’ll get herself on the correct side for her own Left as a way to prevent Elizabeth Warren,” predicted Krauthammer. “I could see [Warren] getting so upset about this, and making it her big issue, that it could provoke her entry into the race. And as Steve [Hayes] said, the one thing she wants to do, Hillary, is keep Warren out of the race, because she’s the only one who can challenge her.”