Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Democrats Gain Votes To Filibuster GOP Iran Nuclear "Deal" Disapproval

by JASmius

Remember that GOP Failure Theater hope that once Barack Obama got thirty-four Democrat Senate votes in favor of his treacherous atomic capitulation to the mullahs, the remaining Jackasses would be free to pretend to oppose it by "crossing the aisle" in the "spirit of bipartisanship" to conspicuously show their "concern" like their next caucus leader Chucky Schumer?

Yeah, you can scratch that one, as Barbara Mikulski turned out to be the pebble at the head of the avalanche:

Three undecided senators announced their support for the deal in quick succession — bringing supporters to forty-one votes. That’s enough to bottle up the disapproval resolution with a filibuster later this week.

The announcements came from Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Gary Peters of Michigan.

Supporters were cautiously optimistic the votes would allow them to block the disapproval resolution from passing in the Senate. They weren’t declaring victory because opponents of the deal are pushing for senators to allow a final vote on the disapproval resolution, leading to uncertainty about the outcome under the Senate’s complicated procedures.

And thus we arrive at Corker-Menendez's endgame.  Let's review: Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution requires the President of the United States to submit all foreign treaties to the United States Senate - analogous to a CEO submitting a business deal to a his company's board of directors for approval, since the Senate originally represented the States that created the federal government and retained original authority over it - where a two-thirds supermajority is required for ratification, the act by which said treaty becomes part of U.S. law.  The ratification clause was written this way to protect the country from becoming obligated to disadvantageous or even dangerous "agreements" struck by naive, noodle-headed, or perfidious POTUS's.

Put another way, the "parents" would still be in charge of the "offspring" and would not get "stuck with the bill".

Corker-Menendez flipped Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 on its head by (1) allowing Barack Obama to get away with calling his Iran nuclear sellout treaty anything BUT a treaty and thereby (2) forfeiting the number of votes needed for de facto ratification from two-thirds to one vote more than the one-third necessary to prevent a congressional override of his veto of a resolution of disapproval.  Thus, a "deal" that, as the treaty it is, couldn't have won ratification even in the Donk SuperCongress of 2009-2010 became bulletproof as even today's shrunken Democrat minorities in both Houses are more than sufficient to sustain The One's Neville Chamberlain Moment.

And now, depressingly, to even allow a congressional resolution of disapproval from even making it out of the Senate.  Which it won't, because Mitch McConnell will never "go nuclear" under any circumstances, even to (belatedly and emptily) uphold the Constitution his caucus heaved overboard four months ago almost unanimously.

No wonder Red Barry is "gratified".  And why shouldn't he be?  He's effectively sealed America's and Israel's death warrants.  Talk about the ultimate "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

This brutal reality is what even a lot of conservatives aren't grasping in their flailing attempts to find some sort of comforting solace to this disaster:

I wrote last week that Mikulski’s vote would put ownership of Iran’s terror support squarely on the shoulders of Democrats. A filibuster on a floor vote would cement this to Obama, Reid, and Senate Democrats, and the party as a whole. Denying a vote to opponents will only anger constituents even more and remind voters which party shoves unpopular policies down their throats — and in this case sends more than one hundred billion dollars into the coffers of the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world without allowing so much as a debate in the Senate.

I'm sorry, Mr. Morrissey, but this isn't ObamaCare.  This isn't an unpopular policy that will piss off part of the electorate and perhaps and perchance give the GOP a leg up in future election cycles - and it's debatable that even ObamaCare accomplished that in any case, since it didn't prevent its namesake from getting reelected three years ago - this "deal" is going to get us almost all killed.  It guarantees our archenemies the means of our complete destruction and prevents us from doing anything to stop it.  It is literally all over but the nuking.  Who cares if the Democrats "own it" or not when 90% are worm food and the straggling survivors are either finished off by the invading foreign hordes or marched off into their enslaved captivity from the one in which we've been languishing since 2008?

It makes this Pew Research poll more than a little poignant:

Only one-fifth of Americans approve of the Iran nuclear deal, down 12% from two months ago, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

Only 21% favor the deal about to be taken up by Congress, according to the latest numbers. Forty-nine percent oppose it, and 30% have no opinion.

In July, 33% supported the deal brokered by the Obama administration and 45% opposed it.

The partisan divide remains, with Republicans strongly opposing it, and almost half of Democrats favoring. But support has waned across the board.

So We the People could override Obama's veto of his despicable treachery.  Good thing we elected a Congress that would make sure that never, EVER happened instead.

What a comforting solace to take to the (foreign) gulag.

If any of us survive to do so.

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