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'Hard Line' Panel: GOP, Bush Blowing Chance to Take on Dems

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:30 PM

Republicans in Washington are blowing a chance to unite while Democrats are divided over fast-track trade authority, panelists on Newsmax TV's "Hard Line" said Tuesday.

"This is basically the union wing of the Democratic Party versus the more mainstream pro-trade side of the party, and the Republicans could unite and try to push this bill through in a way that benefits their core constituencies," Michael Barnes, managing partner of DCBA Law & Policy told host Ed Berliner.

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But Republicans are not capable of doing that because they've got their own in fighting between the far right and the more mainstream business-oriented conservatives, Barnes said. "They're not capable of taking advantage of this situation at this point."

Peter Morici, economist, professor of business at the University of Maryland, agreed, saying he was glad to at least see President Barack Obama being the brunt of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ire rather than having Obama attack Republicans.

"Liz Warren's statements are absolute demagoguery," Morici said. "It is something the GOP could use."

The Trans-Pacific Partnership could be a great benefit to the American people, but it has to be adequately structured, Morici said.

"Instead, we're watching the Democrats raise all kinds of issues that don't exist, that are absolute fantasies," he said. "If the Republicans would embrace some of the issues like, for example, currency manipulation, the trade laws and so forth, that really do effect American workers and articulate a good case, then they can make some hay. I'm afraid the tea party won't let them do that."

The two also criticized former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an expected presidential candidate, for not separating himself from his brother, former President George W. Bush.

"In so many ways, Jeb Bush is blowing it," Barnes said. "We're so over all things related to what he's talking about – not just with the Iraq war, not just looking at old school advisers on foreign policy, but also his social policies."

Bush is making bad use of every opportunity that he has to distinguish himself from his brother and from the typical positions of the Republican Party, he said.

"He tried to do things differently in Florida, but he's not demonstrating that through his words by any means now as he's considering running for president," Barnes said.

Either Bush or Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would be defense hawks, Morici said, adding, "The difference here between Artillery Hillary and Step-on-His-Tongue Bush is that Bush is basically giving Hillary a free pass on this now."

The attention is on Bush, Morici said, and it is unclear whether somebody such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio can articulate a meaningful foreign policy position that Americans can embrace that also will allow to take needed action in the Middle East.

"As much as the progressive detractors might not like that, American troops are going to be going abroad again and to do something in the naval arena with regard to China," he said.

"Those are big issues that are going to have to be addressed, and Bush is giving Clinton a free pass."

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