Endgame: Mikulski becomes 34th Senate Democrat to back Iran deal, ensuring GOP can’t stop it

posted at 11:21 am on September 2, 2015 by Allahpundit

Thus ends a breathtaking performance of Republican failure theater. Once upon a time, knowing that your party controlled both chambers of Congress would have given you great comfort that a terrible treaty negotiated with a terrorist power could never become law in the United States.

I think this makes it official: I’m on the Trump bandwagon. Hail Caesar.

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski said on Wednesday she will support the Iran nuclear deal, giving President Barack Obama the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving of the deal.

Thirty-two Senate Democrats and two independents who vote with the Democrats now back the agreement.

Chris Coons and Bob Casey became the 32nd and 33rd Democrats to support the deal last night. The day before that, Dem Rep. Patrick Murphy announced his own support for the Iran agreement because, and I quote, he’s confident the deal will bring “peace in our time.” The only suspense left is whether Reid can block the GOP entirely by convincing seven of the remaining 10 undecided Democrats to filibuster the resolution of disapproval. Half of those 10 are from reliably blue states — Connecticut (Blumenthal), New Jersey (Booker), Washington (Cantwell), Maryland (Cardin), and Oregon (Wyden) — but because the tri-state area contains many Jewish Democratic voters, Blumenthal and Booker face the same tough decision New Yorker Chuck Schumer did in whether to back their party’s president on a deal that’s demonstrably terrible for U.S. and Israeli national security. (Bob Menendez, the only other Democrat to oppose the agreement, is from New Jersey.) The other five Dems on the fence are from purple or reddish states — Colorado (Bennet), West Virginia (Manchin), North Dakota (Heitkamp), Michigan (Peters), and Virginia (Warner). I assume the reason the 10 holdouts haven’t declared yet isn’t because they’re still weighing what to do but because they’re waiting to find out from Reid which three of them will be allowed to oppose the deal. That is, I think a filibuster is a fait accompli — since when do Democrats ever refuse leadership’s demand to fall in line? — and Reid’s trying to figure out which three of the 10 are the most vulnerable electorally and need to protect themselves by voting no. Bennet would seem the most obvious choice since Colorado is one of the true toss-ups in the next election, but he’s a rising star in the party and headed the DSCC in the last cycle. He might have to bite the bullet to show his solidarity with O.

I would guess that Heitkamp, Warner, and Manchin would be allowed to abandon ship, but Manchin’s sounded rosy about the deal in his public statements, so go figure. Anyway: What’d the GOP get out of all this? What did their huge advantage in the House and their eight-seat majority in the Senate ultimately amount to in terms of concessions? It’s one thing to lose a momentous fight on foreign policy, ceding all of your constitutional leverage in the process, but if you can get some goodies for your side at least you can say it’s not a total loss. Unless I missed something, we got … nothing. Not a thing — not even, in all likelihood, the right to crow and say that our resolution of disapproval passed the Senate with plenty of Democratic support. This fiasco will end with an essentially party-line vote on cloture, leaving Obama free to argue to the world that the deal has the acquiescence of the U.S. Congress. The only thing we get from this is the right to point out later, when this agreement eventually ends with Iran going nuclear and the Middle East being further destabilized, that this disaster is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Democratic Party. That’s a nice consolation prize, but we’ve known since the beginning that we’d be getting that. What we’ve added to our “winnings” since this congressional kabuki began is precisely nothing.

Via RCP, here’s Dick Cheney wondering why Republicans ever agreed to treat this deal as something less than a treaty in the first place. Oh, by the way: Iran’s hardliners, the same people whom Barack Obama thinks are making “common cause” with Republicans, want you to know that nothing about this agreement has changed their conviction that the United States is indeed “the Great Satan” and that, if anything, they should go ahead and expand the reach of their ballistic missiles because of that.


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Seven Percent Solution on September 2, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Its so much worse than that. They did it to pass it. They want it just like they want illegals pouring over the border. Money. Safety of the homeland be d*mned.

How can Trump be any worse than these corrupt liars?

magicbeans on September 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

What happen to the GOP majority????????????????

mixplix on September 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

What happen to the GOP majority????????????????

mixplix on September 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Their GOP representatives sold them down the river.

GrumpyOldFart on September 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

When the frozen assets\money gets into the hands of the Iranian Mullahs and is used to sponsor Death and destruction and the bombing of schools,trains and plains every law maker who voted to cause the MURDER of American citizens need to be held accountable, arrested,tried and executed for treason
Even Obama said yes with this deal Americans will Die,Iran will use these assets to kill us.

IXXINY on September 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Endgame: Mikulski becomes 34th Senate Democrat to back Iran deal, ensuring GOP can’t stop it

Well the Republican Senate was successful in giving Obama and the Democrats what they wanted. I hope they’ll own up to their actions when it all goes bad.

RJL on September 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Thank you Bob Corker and all of the Republicucks who made this possible. It should be rightfully named the Obama/Corker nuclear deal. Just like Obama/Robertscare to usher in a single-payer healthcare system. I despise what this country has turned into.

litebrite on September 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

If you have no specific explanation* as to HOW Republicans could have forced Obama to submit the Iran deal as a treaty, even though he said from the start he would not, then you are just another whining idiot.

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* Please note that “but but but the Constitution” is not an explanation.

Adjoran on September 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Fat Lady Status: Tuning Up

mojo on September 2, 2015 at 8:26 PM

A lot of people seem to be freaking out over the Iran deal with literally zero facts.

On both sides.

Here’s someone with actual experience and knowledge: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/14/its-a-damn-good-deal-iran-nuclear-agreement-joint-comprehensive-plan-of-action/

A Axe on September 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

I’m beginning to believe that Washington, DC is the Great Satan. I’m with the Mullahs on that.

Deano1952 on September 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I have been saying for years that the quickest way to be come possessed by demons is to move to Washington D.C.

That outpost of Hell needs an 80 megaton enema.

I too agree with the Mullahs, D.C is the Great Satan. Who needs an axis of Evil when the hub is on the Potomac ?

Reuben Hick on September 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

Bob Corker aka “Barack’s cuckold b*tch”

SouthernGent on September 2, 2015 at 9:35 PM

I’m beginning to believe that Washington, DC is the Great Satan. I’m with the Mullahs on that.

Deano1952 on September 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Demon-haunted DC goes in for infant sacrifice on a grand scale; the Planned Parenthood videos are a reminder of how evil that is.

David Blue on September 2, 2015 at 11:03 PM

oh how i miss that “Semi-Retired Prez” meme.

everdiso on September 3, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Another brilliant plan from Senator Dorker.

Another Drew on September 3, 2015 at 1:40 AM

Gwen Ifill on twitter:

“Take that, Bibi.”

Quisp on September 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

How do you feel about coming to Iran’s aid when it’s attacked by Israel?

potvin on September 3, 2015 at 10:38 AM

here’s Dick Cheney wondering why Republicans ever agreed to treat this deal as something less than a treaty in the first place.

This “deal” is a treaty, no matter what the administration wants it to be.

International law makes no distinction between treaties and executive agreements. Executive agreements, especially if significant enough to be reported to Congress under the Case-Zablocki Act, are to all intents and purposes binding treaties under international law.6

On the other hand, many international undertakings and foreign policy statements, such as unilateral statements of intent, joint communiques, and final acts of conferences, are not intended to be legally binding and are not considered treaties.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-106SPRT66922/pdf/CPRT-106SPRT66922.pdf

It was reported to congress, so it is a treaty. The regular treaty process should be used.

Patriot Vet on September 3, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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