TAA helps retrain workers, so Democrats typically like it while Republicans deride it as welfare. But smart progressives knew that tanking TAA would also stop TPA, at least for the moment, so Democrats voted against TAA en masse. GOP leadership then staged a show vote on TPA, but even though it carried a majority, it didn't pass because of the pre-arranged requirement that both laws stand or fall together.
The map above shows how Democrats cast their votes on both roll calls. Districts highlighted in yellow show Democrats who voted for both TAA and TPA, which is the position Obama lobbied for; still, only 27 members of his party stuck with him. Green shows those who voted for TAA but not TPA, the classic liberal position. Obama actually encouraged this stance, because he knew Republicans would provide enough votes to get TPA through as long as TAA passed, and he figured (or hoped) Democrats would be willing to take the good (TAA) with the bad (TPP). But TAA was a small sop at best, and only 13 Democrats were willing to play along.
Pink shows the typical Republican position, a vote for TPA but against the TAA "give-away." (Just one Democrat landed in this box, the baffling Rubén Hinojosa.) Finally, blue shows the strategic progressive position of voting against both TAA and TPA, which most House Democrats adopted (143 in total). (Click here to match names to districts.)
Have a peek below the fold and you'll see how the Republicans voted.
What happens next is unclear, but for now, supporters of the TPA and the TPP (yes, these acronyms can get confusing) are scrambling, while opponents have declared at least a provisional victory.
To learn more about the map used in the post, click here.