The ‘Three Amigos’ Summit starts today. Let’s retire the phrase ‘Three Amigos.’

President Obama is heading to Mexico today to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the annual "Three Amigos" summit of the North American leaders.


Workers at one of maquiladoras of the TECMA group prepare to raise the U.S. flag along with the Mexican and TECMA flags in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. TECMA currently has 14 maquiladora plants in Ciudad Juarez. With the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement twenty years ago, many North American and international companies have moved their manufacturing to Mexico at a lower cost. While there is undoubtedly a larger middle class today, Mexico is the only major Latin American country where poverty also has grown in recent years. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Discussing trade agreements is likely to be high on the docket, given that it is the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- and negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership are ongoing. Also on the agenda will be the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, which Canada would like very much, and the White House is currently still conflicted about.

Given that the mood could be quite frosty, it's not clear how the summit will play out, but one thing is certain in advance of the day's events. The phrase "the Three Amigos" must die. Since 1986, when the movie "The Three Amigos" premiered  -- starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short -- far too many political factions and political friends have been given the nickname. If we're going to prove to the world that not all politicians talk like Frank Underwood, the cliches need to be retired first.

Below, an abbreviated list of our many transgressions:

The Young Guns, a.k.a. the Three Amigos: Reps. Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy

Texas's Three Amigos:  Ross Perot, Tom Luce and Mort Meyerson

Texas's Other Three Amigos: Rep. Solomon Ortiz, state Sen. Carlos Truan and state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

California's Three Amigos: Mark J. Geragos, Eugene "Pat" Harris, Bill Henley

Hawaii's Three Amigos: In 1988, three Democrats were running in the primary to unseat Republican Rep. Patricia Saiki

Massachusetts's Three Amigos:  State Sen. Michael J. Barrett, state Rep. Mark Roosevelt and Sen. George Bachrach

North Dakota's Three Amigos: Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron L. Dorgan, and at-large Rep. Earl Pomeroy

New York's Three Amigos: Pedro Espada Jr., Carl Kruger and Ruben Diaz

Ohio's Three Amigos: Alan Melamed, Marc Gaunce and Dean Johnson

Michigan's Three Amigos: Spencer Abraham, Gov. John Engler and Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus

Montana's Three Amigos: Attorney General Joe Mazurek, State Auditor Mark O'Keefe and Secretary of State Mike Cooney

Maryland's Three AmigosWayne Curry, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Doug Duncan

Canada's Three Amigos: Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Premier Mike Harris

Ireland's Three Amigos: Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Yates, Minister for the Environment Brendan Howlin and Junior Minister at the Department of the Taoiseach Avril Doyle

Great Britain's Three Amigos: Alastair Bisset, Alasdair Urquhart and Eddie Coutts

The Presidential Three Amigos: George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton

The Three Amigos Who Visited Bill Clinton in Arkansas: Labor Secretary Lynn Martin, Republican National Committee General Chairman Samuel K. Skinner and Council on Environmental Quality Director Michael Deland

Obama's Three Amigos, according to Charles Krauthammer: Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers

The Three Amigos of the U.S. Senate: John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham

The Three Amigos of Wall Street: Henry Paulson, Willard J. Overlock Jr. and Robert J. Hurst

The Three Amigos of the 1996 Election Cycle: Pat Buchanan, Bob Dornan and Alan Keyes

The Three Amigos of the 1988 Iowa Caucus: Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Sen. Paul Simon

The Three Amigos of George H.W. Bush's 1988 Campaign: Mike Murphy, Alex Castellanos and Don Sipple

President George W. Bush's Three Amigos: The three Republicans running for the Senate in Missouri, South Dakota and Minnesota in 2002

The Three Amigos of Republican Strategizing: Bill Kristol, Frank Luntz and Ralph Reed

 

Must-reads:

"CBO: Obama’s minimum wage plan would cost jobs but help millions" -- Zachary Goldfarb, The Washington Post

"Public Defenders Turn to Lawmakers to Try to Ease Caseloads" -- Erik Eckhold, The New York Times

"Rep. Rush Holt Might Be the Most Interesting Man in Washington" -- David A. Graham, The Atlantic

"Pritzker Bridges Business-Obama Rift to Promote Trade" -- Brian Wingfield, Bloomberg

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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