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Megan McArdle

The Risk of Crying 'Sexism'

If critics think Obama is sexist, they need better evidence.
She's usually on his good side.

She's usually on his good side.

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Elizabeth Warren and President Obama are having a bit of a tiff over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senator Warren objected to giving the president fast-track authority to negotiate the deal (which would force Congress to approve it on an up-or-down vote, with no amendments). She helped torpedo that possibility. President Obama criticized her, and then some of Warren's supporters said his criticism was sexist.

On the policy merits, President Obama is right, and Senator Warren is wrong. This is what she says about giving the president fast-track: "The president has committed only to letting the public see this deal after Congress votes to authorize fast-track. At that point it will be impossible for us to amend the agreement or to block any part of it without tanking the whole TPP. The TPP is basically done. If the president is so confident it's a good deal, he should declassify the text and let people see it before asking Congress to tie its hands on fixing it." This is so ludicrous that I doubt she takes it seriously. It's plausible pablum for low-information voters, not a legitimate policy argument.