Just watching C-SPAN throw down between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell – it is funny hearing Mitch McConnell quote word for word what Democrats have said in the committee after the Democrats voted not against the fast track bill voted against the very idea of having a debate! How can Democrats in committee claim they’re not interesting in scuttling the bill then turn around and vote against the very idea of having a debate in the first place – the fact that the bill never actually gets to the stage where these issues can be thrashed out and modifications made if need be? What is even more problematic is the narrative surrounding the ‘fast track’ as if it were an automatic approval of what ever Obama negotiates but what it really does is allow Obama to negotiate but the congress and senate still get to vote on the final version. The only gotcha is the fact that the final version cannot be amended – either members vote for or against it. If Elizabeth Warren is so adamantly against it then why not vote against it when it is presented to the senate? If it is such a bad idea then why not vote against it and then Obama go back to the TPPA working group noting the concerns of those who voted against it? Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of misgivings with TPPA but nothing is gained by blocking debate nor nothing is gained if you claim you’re against it and yet don’t have ‘the balls’ to vote against it when it is presented to the congress and senate.