January 8, 2010 2:22PM

Retiring Sen. Dorgan Was Mad about Trade

When Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, announced this week that he would not be running for re-election in November, he explained that he wanted to pursue other interests such as teaching and writing more books.

As a senator, Dorgan opposed almost all efforts to liberalize trade unless it involved Cuba or the re-importation of price-controlled drugs. He holds the distinction of being the second most frequently mentioned politician (behind only Barack Obama) in my Cato book, Mad about Trade, something that I’m sure the senator would consider a badge of honor.

Here is my critical but eminently fair review of his 2006 book, Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America.