Attempts to raise the public support for trade agreements (even for some of the best ones) sometimes takes surreal forms. Here’s one example:
May I propose the following 21st century standards on public diplomacy and trade?
1. Never assume your counterparts are dumber than you are, just because they are not Rhodes scholars.
2. A barbershop choir is a sure way of swaying protectionists. But only if the protectionists are playing croquet on the west bank of the Mills River, New Haven, while quoting Walt Whitman.