“Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one’s own country is troublesome, as the catfish conundrum illustrates. And the degree of difficulty in achieving a free-trade pact is proportional to the number of Democrats in Congress.”
From the opening paragraph to a column on the Asia-Pacific trade deal in the Washington Post. Will, whose writing is not as bad as it often seems, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.