Democrats dither, according to David Ignatius, who asks some important questions we might all usefully ponder as we head toward 2008.
"Are today's Democrats a party of open markets and economic development, or of market restrictions and job protection?
The answer is that leading Democrats seem to want both -- they favor economic development overseas but not at the cost of U.S. jobs."
Okay, we all want to have our cake and eat it too. The question is, when it comes time to make a decision, what do they do? They dither:"Democratic leaders in Congress say they may bring trade agreements with Panama and Peru up for a vote this fall, after gaining concessions on workers' rights and the environment. As for the Colombia agreement, it appears dead for this year. The Democratic presidential candidates, meanwhile, are scurrying to follow the party's base, rather than trying to lead it, on trade. The Democrats want to turn a page, but in the case of Latin America, they may be turning it backward."