Although The Nation endorsed Barack Obama just a few months ago, some of their writers are now having heart palpitations over Obamaâ€™s backtracking on NAFTA. Seems Obama is moderating his tone on free trade and writer John Nichols thinks this is a terrible development.
Personally, Iâ€™m glad to see Obama moving away from demagoguery on NAFTA and embracing a more moderate tone. Iâ€™m also amused to see The Nation distressed. If they wanted an economic populist, maybe they should have supported Hillary Clinton who all but put on overalls and took a job at a factory.
What makes Nichols angst even more amusing is that he seems less concerned about NAFTA in specific and far more concerned that Obamaâ€™s less-reactionary position will lose the senator votes among voters in the so-called rustbelt. Because, you know, what chance does Obama have unless he whips up unjustified anger and blames all then evil corporations and Mexican factory workers?