Ron Kirk's About to Trade Up

'Bout 20 minutes from now, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk will go before the Senate Committee on Finance for his confirmation hearing as U.S. trade ambassador -- finally, right? We're having a watch party at Unfair Park HQ: Schutze brought the churros; Merten, the Moosehead. And I brought the Maker's Mark and a funnel. The show starts at 4 p.m. on C-SPAN's Web site, for those stuck at the office.

Till then, a Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to this post on David Rothkopf's blog for Foreign Policy, where he writes about "The top ten stories you won't find in the headlines." One of them -- No. 2, matter of fact -- involves the former mayor:

Here in Washington, recent headlines have focused on Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk's tax problems and not on the considerably more important fact that he has absolutely no meaningful trade experience, or on the fact that we are in the midst of an economic crisis and we have no senior appointees in place at Treasury except the Secretary and none at Commerce or USTR.

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