These days, it’s very rare for a high-ranking Democrat to make a logical, reasonable decision. It simply isn’t done. So I don’t really know what to make of this.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer will oppose the Iran deal, a decision that deals quite a blow to President Barack Obama and the Democrats working to rally support for the deal.
“Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed,” Schumer wrote in a lengthy post Thursday on the website Medium. “This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval…”
The senior senator has been on the fence for weeks, and his decision will make it that much harder for Democrats in Congress, led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi in the House, to rally support for the deal.
Who knows if this will scuttle the deal, but it’s about time I agreed with Chuck Schumer about something.
It sure puts him in an awkward position, doesn’t it? Just the other day, Obama said this about opponents of the deal:
Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican Caucus.
And now, so is Chuck Schumer.
What could possibly explain this? Has Schumer suddenly become a racist or something? Is the Mossad blackmailing him? Did somebody tell him that this is the best way to get more camera time? Is he a Cylon? Or maybe he just made a “speak-o”?
One thing’s for sure: It can’t be that Schumer genuinely disagrees with Obama on this issue. Nobody genuinely disagrees with Obama about anything. That’s because Obama is always right and everybody knows it. Everything he says is true at the moment he says it,
even especially when he contradicts any of his previous statements. Therefore, it’s impossible to question Obama’s infallibility in good faith. There’s always some other motive, and it’s never an honest one.
For Chuck Schumer’s sake, let’s hope this is just some sort of fig leaf. Let’s hope he doesn’t really want to keep Israel from getting wiped off the map. Let’s hope he’s not listening to his conscience. Because if he really means what he’s saying, he’s about to find out what happens when you stand in the way of Obama’s will. It can get mighty cold out there for a Democrat in 2015 who dares to stand on principle.
Chuck Schumer, who said it was a mistake to pass Obamacare, now comes out again the Iran Deal. This is our next Senate leader?
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) August 7, 2015
P.S. “Difference of opinion”? Since when is that a valid reason to oppose Obama?