Key Obama enabler Bob Corker: Why, this Iran nuclear deal looks surprisingly terrible

posted at 6:01 pm on June 15, 2015 by Allahpundit

Corker’s the guy who brokered a “compromise” in the Senate on Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Instead of insisting that the final agreement be regarded as a treaty, requiring the support of two-thirds of the chamber for ratification, Corker proposed letting naysayers try to block the treaty with a resolution of disapproval instead. The resolution could be filibustered by Democrats before it’s enacted, or it could be enacted and then vetoed by Obama. The only way to guarantee that the resolution will become law is to have a veto-proof majority — two-thirds of the Senate — willing to vote against it, a near-impossibility when the GOP controls only 54 seats. Corker, in other words, reversed the constitutional presumption that treaties are deemed blocked unless they receive supermajority support so that a final agreement with Iran will be deemed passed unless it receives supermajority opposition. He farted away all of hawks’ leverage, signaling to Obama that he could make as bad of a deal as he wants and all he’ll need to ensure that it gets through the Senate is 34 Democratic votes. Even an O weakened by the Democratic revolt over TAA can still swing 34 votes.

So Corker made it possible for Obama to concede as much as he likes without fear of legislative consequences. And now he’s pretend-surprised to find O in concession mode with Iran. I can sort of tolerate being sold out by congressional Republicans, if only because it’s become so routine. What I can’t understand is why they insist on insulting our intelligence in going about it.

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If Corker suspected Obama’s team might agree to a deal at any cost in order to secure a “legacy” for their boss, why would he forfeit the Senate’s leverage over the deal? The point of the Treaty Clause is to ensure that the terms of an agreement with a foreign power are so favorable to the U.S. that a supermajority of the Senate will be willing to vote for it. Corker reversed that logic so that the Iran deal takes effect if it makes Obama and a few dozen of his most loyal Democratic cronies happy. And his letter doesn’t remotely capture all the damage that’s apt to result from this: Corker’s focused on how lousy the terms of nuclear inspections might be but journalists who follow the Middle East are increasingly worried about what lifting sanctions will do to the politics of the region. One silver lining in the dark ISIS cloud is that the wars in Syria and Iraq are bleeding Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran dry. If the jihadis manage to cut off Syria from Lebanon, writes Tony Badran, it could mean the end of both of Iran’s key proxies, leaving Tehran with far less reach around the region. The only thing that might prevent that now is … if the U.S. lifts sanctions on Iran pursuant to a nuclear deal, giving the regime an economic shot in the arm. It’d be nice if the Senate had some say over whether America should commit that particular blunder at a moment as fraught as this.

Exit question: What’s Corker’s game with this letter? Who’s he trying to persuade by suddenly acting shocked, shocked to find Obama behaving irresponsibly in the absence of congressional oversight? I assume this is an elaborate form of “failure theater,” in which the GOP willingly capitulates to O while trying to make it look to their base like they put up a tough fight before being outmaneuvered. The more indignant Corker appears to be that Obama’s screwing up negotiations, the harder it’ll be convince Republicans who are barely paying attention to this that the party made this sellout possible by not insisting that the Iran deal be regarded as a treaty. If that’s not what Corker’s doing here then I can only assume he really is genuinely surprised to find that this deal may be worse than he feared, in which case he’s too much of a schmuck to be in the Senate. Which, given the usual standards of schmuckery there, is really saying something.


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No TPA or TPP post today? The vote in the house is tomorrow.

Oil Can on June 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

People getting worried of being traitors to the US?

albill on June 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Schmuck

cmsinaz on June 15, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Surrr-prizzzze!

SMACKRUNNER on June 15, 2015 at 6:13 PM

If Corker suspected Obama’s team might agree to a deal at any cost in order to secure a “legacy” for their boss, why would he forfeit the Senate’s leverage over the deal?

There’s a reason the GOP is called the Stupid Party.

rbj on June 15, 2015 at 6:16 PM

There wont be any deals this month or next month. Iran would be stupid not to just keep dragging this out as long as they can. The more delays they cause, the more Obama seems to give them. It’s a win-win for Iran, and a huge loss for the rest of the World.

Johnnyreb on June 15, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Jeez, if you can’t trust psychopathic apocalyptic theocratic maniacs, who can you trust?

profitsbeard on June 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM

in which case he’s too much of a schmuck to be in the Senate. Which, given the usual standards of schmuckery there, is really saying something.

Yeah, unfortunately I have to agree despite the fact I voted for this schmuck.

On the other hand, the alternative would have been Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. of Memphis.

Such is politics today.

Brian1972 on June 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Welcome to this rendition of “Failure Theater”.

SMACKRUNNER on June 15, 2015 at 6:20 PM

They are all jackazzes.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2015 at 6:20 PM

I am hoping for a hard ass no nonsense military veteran to mount a challenge to this guy one day.

Tennessee has such people, but it’s hard to get the right people to run for office these days.

Brian1972 on June 15, 2015 at 6:22 PM

Corker’s the guy who brokered a “compromise” in the Senate on Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

And Hot Air is the website that told us what a huge defeat Corker’s bill was for Obama, and how the Senate had stood up mightily for its Constitutional prerogatives.

Hint: it helps to identify “failure theater” while it is happening, or, better yet, before.

No TPA or TPP post today? The vote in the house is tomorrow.

Oil Can on June 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

No, not today. A couple of days after TPA passes we’ll get a post wondering why the GOP didn’t demand TPP transparency as the price for passing TPA.

Joseph K on June 15, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Then there is the other one, Lamar Alexander.

He should have campaigned in a flotation vest because whenever the political seas get a bit choppy he runs for the lifeboats.

Brian1972 on June 15, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Any chance he can be sent back to TN? In a bus on a one way ticket preferably.

Franklin100 on June 15, 2015 at 6:26 PM

Jeez, if you can’t trust psychopathic apocalyptic theocratic maniacs, who can you trust?

profitsbeard on June 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Bumper Sticker.

AesopFan on June 15, 2015 at 6:26 PM

“To summarize, the Constitution puts the onus on the president to find 67 Senate votes to approve an international agreement, making it virtually impossible to ratify an ill-advised deal. The Corker bill puts the onus on Congress to muster 67 votes to block an agreement.”

Seems this would be unconstitutional and therefore illegal. But we peons would be deemed to “not have standing” in the courts, I would guess. Besides the fact that you’d need deep pockets and time on your side, neither of which is likely.

IrishEyes on June 15, 2015 at 6:27 PM

They are all jackazzes.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2015 at 6:20 PM

Very sad but true. A painful reality for sure.

Franklin100 on June 15, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Traitor…to the Constitution, his constituents, the Senate and common sense.

jnelchef on June 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

How many real patriots are actually serving in the House and Senate?

I bet they can be counted without running out of fingers. Cravenly self-interested and cowardly Republicans have no stomach for opposing Obama, fearful the Democrat Media will give them a hard time. The only time they come out of hiding is to do the Chamber of Commerce’s bidding.

So they continually devise these schemes, these “failure theaters”, apparently gambling on the belief that the Republican base is just as stupid as the Democrat base and won’t figure out they’re being conned.

I truly despise these people.

novaculus on June 15, 2015 at 6:41 PM

There is no question (and never has been one) that Corker is a schmuck. It is obvious that Corker is/was playing politics, not sound policy-making/guidance because he is a go-along to get-along member of The Club.

Given Iran’s assorted and escalating aggressions, there is no justification for finalizing a deal.

onlineanalyst on June 15, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Any chance he can be sent back to TN? In a bus on a one way ticket preferably.

Franklin100 on June 15, 2015 at 6:26 PM

My preference would be only the parts of him that would fit in a bowling ball bag …

ShainS on June 15, 2015 at 6:47 PM

There is no question (and never has been one) that Corker is a schmuck. It is obvious that Corker is/was playing politics, not sound policy-making/guidance because he is a go-along to get-along member of The Club.

Given Iran’s assorted and escalating aggressions, there is no justification for finalizing a deal.

onlineanalyst on June 15, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Agreed. I have long thought that Corker is one of the worst, most condescending RINOs in the Senate. He clearly despises actual conservatives. Stunned to learn that AP sees him as an Obamadope.

Jaibones on June 15, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Corker is just another example of the stupidity of assigning chairmanship of committees, especially those most important to our nation’s national security, to members with the most seniority. Expertise should be the determinant.

onlineanalyst on June 15, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Then there is the other one, Lamar Alexander.

Brian1972 on June 15, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Tennessee is seriously fu-ked up.

Jaibones on June 15, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Jeez, if you can’t trust psychopathic apocalyptic theocratic maniacs, who can you trust?

profitsbeard on June 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM

said Barack Hussein Obama, as giant mushroom clouds rise up in the Middle East.

Related comment from the HL “time to get real” thread:

Obama is enabling Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. He knows exactly what he is doing.

Ignore what the mendacious rectum says and judge by his actions. He has enabled Iran by providing “negotiations” as cover while they proceed to develop nukes. He tried to enable the Muslim Brotherhood. He has undercut or openly waged war on Middle East regimes who were cooperative with former administrations. Notice his actions against Mubarak and Gaddafi.

It could not be more clear. Obama fully intended to re-shape the Middle East, empowering Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood and setting them against Israel. He sees Iran as the only viable option to become a nuclear counterweight to Israel, and the Muslim Brotherhood as the community organizers of the Middle East, although they’ve failed miserably in that role.

That’s not to say the damned fool has any conception of the Hell he is unleashing. He’s totally delusional about the consequences of his actions. He’s already set the Middle East aflame, and he’s in complete denial about his responsibility for it.

novaculus on June 15, 2015 at 6:08 PM

novaculus on June 15, 2015 at 6:52 PM

There’s a reason the GOP is called the Stupid Party.

rbj on June 15, 2015 at 6:16 PM

They aren’t stupid. They’re liars.

They don’t care about the treaty or Iran. They only say they care so you’ll think it matters if they get re-elected or not.

ChrisL on June 15, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Corker’s head looks like a light bulb. Unfortunately, no current is lighting his filaments.

onlineanalyst on June 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM

And the stupid party wants us to believe they’re really good at governing? What advantage does it have, to the Chamber of Commerce, for Iran to have a nuke and blow up Israel? I know Obama could care less about this, but the Republicans keep telling us they have Israel’s back.

Instead if limiting all Congress to 2 terms, I think we should only limit Republicans to 2 terms because it’s after their first term they become thoroughly indoctrinated by the establishment and do this stupid stuff. All they had to do was follow normal constitutional procedure, call this a treaty and have it need 67 votes to pass. Obama knew he didn’t have 67 votes and was unwilling to do what was necessary to get them. So what does he do? I gets the stupid party to make it so he doesn’t need 67 votes.

Why did we put these morons in charge? Why is Mitch McConnell, who’s been around a while, allow this to happen? I can’t stand them and I regret the votes it took to give them the seats to have power. Once again, the Republicans screw the country.

bflat879 on June 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

bflat879 on June 15, 2015 at 7:10 PM

We’d be better off if we dispensed with federal elections and chose congressmen and senators at random from the states’ voter registration rolls.

I’m absolutely serious. Really, how much worse could they be?

novaculus on June 15, 2015 at 7:21 PM

“… why would he forfeit the Senate’s leverage over the deal?”

No doubt future historians will be asking this question after Iran uses its nukes…

Seven Percent Solution on June 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM

“… why would he forfeit the Senate’s leverage over the deal?”

Failure Theater – I encourage you to look into it if you havent already

ChrisL on June 15, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Substitute Cruz for Corker and TPA/TPP for Iran and you have basically the same story.

Basilsbest on June 15, 2015 at 7:38 PM

If this was Harry Reid and a Republican President, he would just change the rules when the “agreement” got to the Senate and take a ratification vote that would require 2/3 to pass.

J_Crater on June 15, 2015 at 7:38 PM

Didn’t all the Republicans vote for this Corker scheme. I find it hard to believe that the Whigs did worse to get themselves thrown on the ash heap of history.

Buddahpundit on June 15, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Corker is an arrogant twit….
We need a second party.

d1carter on June 15, 2015 at 7:58 PM

So we should probably just trust him with TPP/TiSA thing, right?

magicbeans on June 15, 2015 at 8:23 PM

is he really Roger Sterling?

avi natan on June 15, 2015 at 8:32 PM

LIAR.

The Iran agreement was NEVER going to be submitted as a treaty for ratification. Obama said that before the first meeting in 2013, and has repeated it every time asked since.

~

Pretending otherwise plays to the Ignorati fringe who may be the loudest in comment sections, but are a tiny minority of Republicans and conservatives when it comes to actual votes. Relish the approval of the uninformed while you can, you may one day say something they don’t like and labeled RINO forever after.

I see little difference between liars on the left or right, both use disinformation to inflame their crazies. It’s despicable.

Adjoran on June 15, 2015 at 8:32 PM

That’s not to say the damned fool has any conception of the Hell he is unleashing. He’s totally delusional about the consequences of his actions. He’s already set the Middle East aflame, and he’s in complete denial about his responsibility for it.

novaculus on June 15, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Or Obama is really The Manchurian (Meccan, for accuracy) Candidate funded by Saudi interests and so frikkin’ incompetent that he is even screwing his Wahabbi backers with his messianic Machiavellian mindlessness.

profitsbeard on June 15, 2015 at 8:44 PM

If King Barack’s sell-out to the Iranians get’s Senate approval without a 2/3’s vote, Bob Corker better be prepared to fall on his sword.

GarandFan on June 15, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Is Corker the GOPe’s Biden? Sure looks like he’s related both mentally and in the looks dept. More and more, I wish Harold Ford didn’t lose to him. Ford may be a demo, but methinks that blue dog is more conservative than this DIABLO.

AH_C on June 15, 2015 at 9:53 PM

How many of you schmucks are still republicans? What’s the word they use about doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? Oh yea, “insanity”.

Jackson on June 15, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Corker is a RINO “transpolitical”…..Just another Liberal helping Obama get everything he wants.

Realdemocrat1 on June 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Another Bush Liberal….

TED CRUZ 2016

Realdemocrat1 on June 15, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Another Republican back staber.

alanstern on June 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Can we kick him out for malpractice?

steveracer on June 15, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Being from Tennessee, I can state with no reservation that Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are both pathological lying RINO cowards who are unfit to serve in any position of government. They both lie like dogs that they are Conservative to get elected then stab their constituents in the backs when the polls closer.

volsense on June 15, 2015 at 11:44 PM

Adjoran on June 15, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Correct. And because it was always going to be a non-binding political agreement and because the domestic sanctions congress wrote always allowed the President to waive sanctions under certain circumstances, republicans in the Senate never actually had the ability to force the president to submit this as a treaty. I’m not sure why AllahP is fomenting discord over this – he’s usually above deliberate misinformation.

Firefly_76 on June 16, 2015 at 6:16 AM

I’m not sure why AllahP is fomenting discord over this – he’s usually above deliberate misinformation.

Firefly_76 on June 16, 2015 at 6:16 AM

Business is business… comments. Maybe he’ll post some “Palin may jump into the race” rumors too. That would be good for triple digit comments at least.

rhombus on June 16, 2015 at 8:03 AM

What an ignorant d**chebag.
Clearly the gold standard for Senate membership, these days.

Looking forward to the revolution.
(Oh, and dear NSA: Bite me).

orangemtl on June 16, 2015 at 8:43 AM

In Tennessee there are pockets of conservatism, but by and large the state is barely out of the the Demo domination period of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. It is no wonder morons like Alexander and Corker get elected, they appeal more to the Demo base than the Conservative base. Alexander’s greatest accomplishment has been to allow fishing near the TVA dams that was supposed to be off limits. This is the idiocy with which we Tennesseans have to deal.

hip shot on June 16, 2015 at 8:51 AM

These days, Tennessee Democrats have a hard time getting elected unless they’re congressional incumbents or candidates running in heavily Democratic districts.

To be elected as a senator in Tennessee, you pretty much have to run as a Republican.

I think Bob Corker did what he had to do to win the senatorial election. I don’t think for a minute that he’s not a Democrat in drag.

Anti-Statist on June 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM

This makes no sense. Are all of our politicians traitorous sellouts?
Who got paid what? This stinks of high treason on the part of the Congress and the White House. Who the hell is looking out for the American people any more?

phadras on June 17, 2015 at 2:59 PM