Was this all about trade?

A lot of attention has been paid to the effect of Bush, the war, etc. on the outcome of the election. In North Carolina, I think it is clear that trade was a much bigger issue than anything else in the Shuler and Kissell races. Now Public Citizen is attempting to link the gains nationwide to the issue of trade.

Public Citizen put together a report detailing a number of races where fair-trade candidates won in districts where they were underdogs, such as NC-11.

Their tally of results:

Net fair trade gain of 2006 Mid-Term Election:
House races where fair traders replaced anti-fair traders: 16 (ten pending)
Senate races where fair traders replaced anti-fair traders: 6
House races where fair traders took open seats vacated by anti-fair traders: 11
Senate races where fair traders took open seats vacated by anti-fair traders: 1
House races where anti-fair traders replaced fair traders: 0
Senate races where anti-fair traders replaced fair traders: 0

And their prediction on the future:

Given the major fair trade pick-up in the 2006 midterm elections, the saliency of the trade issue will
have significant ramifications for the 2008 presidential election and beyond. The 2006 midterms
show that to win, future national tickets cannot feature those touting the NAFTA-WTO trade model.

While these are definitely good results and wishful thinking for '08, they are skewed by the fact that there was a general Democratic gain in all nationwide races. I am sure that there were gains for pro-civil rights and pro-choice politicians also. I would like to see fair-trade be a premier issue in future elections, but the proof for that will need to come in future elections.

For now lets support fair-trade because it is the right thing for our country. If it picks up some more seats for populist minded politicians all the better. Especially the most populist of them all.

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Slate's take on the issue

I have used Public Citizen

in my research on Hayes. They have done a great job of compiling articles etc on Hayes and general information on free trade agreements, etc.

I think the impact of the free trade agreements certainly had an impact on how folks voted in the 8th and Larry did remind folks about Hayes' CAFTA vote often enough. There were other factors though.

Fair trade v free trade will be an issue for some time in the 8th. The unemployment these folks face isn't going to solve itself overnight.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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In NC-05

We have lost all THREE of our top industries; tobacco, textiles and furniture.

Since then Burr nor Foxx has lifted a damn finger to fix this problem.

We just keep looking like West Virginia's economy every day.

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Sirota has done a great job on fair trade

and the elections of 2006 and 2008.

This is a great find, mind if I "borrow" some of it and write up something for DailyKos? I will link to you.

On a similar topic, see Iddybud's diary on DKos about how the minimum wage proposals all won and probably helped Democrats over the top to win the senate in Montana and Misourri: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/11/10/104633/53

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Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Borrow away

Anyone is free to take and expound on my musings on this site; I just appreciate it when people give credit and a link back here.