Wasserman Schultz and other ambitious House Democrats will have to weigh the potential cost of voting for Trade Promotion Authority. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated: 4:46 p.m. | There’s no guarantee this is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s last term in office but should she retire in 2016, House Democrats will be using plenty of metrics to pick her successor — and the upcoming trade vote could be one of them.
Trade Promotion Authority — the vote could come as soon as this week — has support from President Barack Obama, most Republicans and a handful of pro-trade congressional Democrats. On the other is a largely united, and increasingly fiercely opposed, Democratic Caucus.
And Democrats with an eye for the top spot seem to know it.