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I love Howard Dean unreservedly (making me sympathetic to starry-eyed Obamabots) but I don't think that he's standing in Obama's way when it comes to trade issues. Dean is all about the pragmatism. The Dem machine hated him and crushed him anyway.

I don't think that he's standing in Obama's way when it comes to trade issues.

I didn't mean to conflate the two, only that Obama is taking control of the DNC away from Dean, removing the only legitimate threat to the power of the DLC over the party. It will be their way or the highway.

But now that you mention it, Dean was a trade hawk of sorts as Gov of Vermont altho he resisted NAFTA on the grounds of its lack of environmental controls on corpo's, something Vermonters tend to be touchy about. Heard anything about restricting corporate pollution from BO lately? No, neither have I. And he voted for the Peruvian trade bill from which the environmental restrictions were deliberately removed to make Pubs and corpo's happy. I don't think Howard would have approved that deal if he was pres or voted for it if he was in Congress.

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