Projecting beliefs

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Sallie James writes:

John Edwards had by far the worst trade policy proposals of the front-running Democrats. It says something good about America that Mr Edwards’ brand of populist nonsense has been rejected by the primary voters.

No way. Find me one piece of evidence that voters are choosing to prefer Clinton and Obama due to their trade policy proposals.

Or, as Adam Posen put it:

International economic issues will never be the decisive factor in a US national election, and in fact will be a lower priority on any candidate’s or new president’s agenda than discussions of Iraq withdrawal, broadening health care, tax reform, repairing America’s standing in the world, and decreasing partisanship in Washington.

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