By John Nichols The Capital Times Organized labor is opposed to the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Progressive farm groups are opposed to CAFTA. Environmental groups are opposed to CAFTA. Civil rights groups are opposed to CAFTA. Human rights groups are opposed to CAFTA. Virtually all of the organizations that are associated with what is loosely defined as the Democratic coalition are opposed to the trade deal that Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin says "will hurt American workers, hurt the workers of Central America and create instability in Central America that will force more immigration into the United States." So, of course, Senate Democrats must have been united in opposition to the Bush administration's proposal to expand on the failed model of the North American Free Trade Agreement which has wreaked havoc with the economies of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to create a free trade zone that extends from the Panama Canal to the Arctic Circle. Right? Wrong. When the Senate voted on CAFTA last week, a dozen Republicans abandoned the administration to vote "no." That meant that, if Democrats had been united in their opposition, the trade deal would have been easily defeated, and the president's plan to make it easier for multinational corporations to exploit workers, communities and the environment throughout the hemisphere would have been dealt a fatal blow. Instead, 10 Democrats New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman, Washington's Maria Cantwell, Delaware's Tom Carper, California's Dianne Feinstein, Arkansas' Blanche Lincoln, Washington's Patty Murray, Florida's Bill Nelson, Nebraska's Ben Nelson, Arkansas' Mark Pryor and Oregon's Ron Wyden as well as Vermont independent Jim Jeffords, who caucuses with the Democrats, voted for the president's proposal. As a result, CAFTA was approved on a 55-45 vote... Do regular American citizens recognize that this policy is indifferent from hate of most Americans and most Central Americans? That it affirms sweatshops over U.S. Jobs at decent wages? Economic globalization without a globalisation of the value of each child born anywhere and everywhere, of each family surrounding that child, of each community in which that family resides, is indifferent from selective hate. One of the many reasons why considering the Dems "opposition" is truly tragicomic.