Three members of the president’s cabinet went to Capitol Hill yesterday to promote the nuclear deal with Iran, but they might as well have stayed home for all the chances they had of convincing the Republicans.
Their view seems born of genuine distaste for the deal’s details, inherent distrust of President Obama, intense loyalty to Israel and an expansive view of the role that sanctions have played beyond preventing Iran’s nuclear abilities.
The discord began the Sunday before a deal was announced this month, when some high-ranking Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, were booked on Sunday talk shows and denounced the accord ahead of its release.
Hours after the accord was revealed — but before classified sections were made available to Congress — Republican lawmakers raced to send out news releases criticizing it.
That’s the New York Times’ gentle way of saying that they had already made up their minds before the deal was done and even if it had a complete capitulation by the Iranians and a promise to turn Tehran into Jesusland East, they’d hate it because Obama. These cats would launch an airstrike against Tehran if they looked at us funny.
And don’t you just love the part about their “intense loyalty to Israel”? That’s nice to support an ally, but just a gentle reminder: you took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. In other words, you work for us, not them. Try to remember that.