Where Does Ron Kirk Stand on Trade? Why, On His Feet, Of Course.

Captain Ronald Tiberius Kirk will be promoted to admiral this morning, after which time he will have to deal with the Trade Federation, no easy task there. Hunh. I feel like I've confused some things here.

President-elect Barack Obama will name First Buddy Ron Kirk the chief U.S. trade representative at 1:15 p.m. today; set your schedules accordingly to see the former Dallas mayor appointed to the position of ambassador -- though, as evidenced by the photo at right, we clearly intend to refer to him as "Admiral Kirk" during his tenure. Regardless, as Kirk plans his move from the M Streets to D.C., his appointment has prompted the inevitable debate concerning "the free-trader" and his position on NAFTA, China, etc., which Vince Leibowitz summarizes at Capitol Annex this morning on his way to insisting Kirk ain't as pro-NAFTA as he used to be. --Robert Wilonsky

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