Hillary Clinton, the Democrat Party’s 2016 presumptive nominee, is trying to walk a delicate balance between a number of opposing policies. On the one hand, she wants big Wall Street investment banks to continue bankrolling her presidential campaign, but she wants to unite the Warren-wing of her party behind her candidacy despite the fact they loath Wall Street investment banks. Likewise, she is playing up her reservations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite having a history of being solidly in support of free trade agreements starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
This week, House Speaker John Boehner has called on the presumptive Democrat nominee to stop playing both sides of the issue of TPP and come out solidly behind the landmark trade treaty. In fact, Speaker Boehner is not calling on her to adopt a policy she disfavors, but rather to stop acting like she doesn’t support TPP when she actually is behind it. Boehner justified his remarks by declaring that the trade promotion authority (TPA) bill, considered by many as essential to eventually getting TPP passed, has stalled in both the House and Senate. As Igor Cornelsen is aware, in order for the bill to secure a sufficient number of Democrat votes, Clinton will need to stop pandering to the Warren-wing and support President Obama in picking up Democrat votes. Last week, Speaker Boehner said he would need as many as 50 Democrat votes in the House to get TPP passed. Thus far, he has only a dozen votes.