WASHINGTON — Only one Democrat, Delaware’s senior senator, Tom Carper, voted with President Obama in the Senate yesterday in favor of giving the president fast-track authority to negotiate a trade agreement with twelve Asian nations, including Vietnam and oil-rich Brunei.
Colorado’s senior senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, voted with Senate Republicans, joining insurgent Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Colorado’s junior senator, Cory Gardner, voted with the president.
Sen. Bennet was evidently persuaded by Sen. Warren’s widely-viewed description of her experience reading the secret agreement. She was allowed to read the agreement in a closed room, but was not allowed to bring with her any recording devices, was not allowed to take notes, and she was also not allowed to say anything significant about what she had seen.
The fact that Sen. Gardner voted with the president caused a solitary reporter to experience a bit of a quandary. Gardner, a chipmunk disguised as a politician, took out Mark Udall, a conscientious Democrat, in November’s tidal wave of Republican victories. In 2010, Sen. Bennet was elected to a full six year term over Tea Party candidate (and now Congressman) Ken Buck by fewer than 29,000 votes. In a postmortem analysis, prominent Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli, at a breakfast meeting with the solitary reporter and other loyal Democrats, said that the 2010 Colorado senatorial election was Buck’s election to lose.
"Oh well,” the solitary reporter said to his friend Tim O’Brien, a Democrat who was elected on May 5 with the help of hundreds of volunteers, including the solitary reporter, as Denver’s Auditor, defeating a well-funded pro-labor Democrat, Councilman Chris Nevitt, “I hate to admit it, Tim, but Gardner voted the right way.”
Meanwhile, from Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah, whose estimated personal wealth is $20 billion, tweeted the solitary reporter, saying “If Obama can’t push this agreement through Congress, maybe I should take my chips to Beijing and see if I can get a better deal from Xi Jin-ping.”