In politics when you lose, the best thing to do frankly, is move on.
Every now and again, maybe every 10 years or so however, the other side makes a mistake so large, with such huge long range repercussions, that the thing to do is take names of those that supported the bad idea and REMEMBER.
Since I expect the decision to pay the world’s worst terrorists $150 billion (Iran) will lead too much more terrorism and eventually war, you should print out todays column and keep it. The morons who supported this Iranian deal are the ones we need to eventually hold responsible for this at the ballot box.
Here is a list of the whip count — with their idiotic excuses attached. The ones who made no statement are the smart ones, less to nail them with later.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) — “Simply put, I do not believe that rejecting this agreement is in our national security interest,” Baldwin said in a statement.
Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) — He called the deal a “flawed, but important step” to preventing a nuclear Iran and keeping Israel safe in a statement first reported by the Denver Post.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)
Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) — “We have now passed a point of no return that we should have never reached, leaving our nation to choose between two imperfect, dangerous and uncertain options,” said Booker in a statement. “Left with these two choices, I nonetheless believe it is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.) — “In my view, this agreement is the only way to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is used exclusively for civilian purposes, which is in the best interest of the United States, Israel and the world,” Boxer said in a statement.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) — “This deal is not about trusting the Iranian regime, but instead working with our allies on comprehensive, verifiable restrictions to block Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb without precipitating another war in the Middle East,” said Brown in a statement first reported by USA Today.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (Wash.)
Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) — Carper said the deal “beats the likely alternative – war with Iran – hands down,” in an op-ed for the News Journal.
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (Pa.)
Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) — “We are better off trying diplomacy first,” Coons told the Washington Post.
Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) — “I owe it to the men and women of our Armed Forces and to the people of Indiana to have exhausted every other option to stop Iran before we would consider putting any of our service members in harm’s way,” Donnelly said in a statement.
Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) — “Finding a diplomatic solution will make our country, our allies and the world a safer place,” said the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) — “I stand behind the U.S. negotiating team and will support this agreement in the Senate,” Feinstein, the ranking member of the Intelligence panel, said Tuesday.
Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) — “[T]o take the extraordinary step of rejecting it — because of clearly unrealistic expectations, because of a hunger to send Americans into another war, or, worst of all, because of petty partisanship — would be a terrible mistake,” said Franken in an op-ed for CNN.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) — “Our goal has been, and remains, to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. We have far more ability to achieve that outcome if we approve this deal,” said Gillibrand in a statement.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.) — “This deal sets the stage for a safer and more stable Middle East and a more secure United States of America,” said Heinrich.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) — “It isn’t a perfect deal, but it is a good one. Americans deserve to see this deal through,” Heitkamp said in a statement.
Heitkamp was the HUGE disappointment on this list, I cannot understand her acceptance of a deal I’m pretty sure she thinks will make the situation worse. The rest of this list are typical Obama Dems, who routinely put party above country — but Heitkamp is generally not in that column, this decision by her is very damaging.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) — Hirono said Iran’s nuclear program “will be disabled for many years” under the deal.
Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) — Kaine called the deal a “dramatic improvement over the status quo.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) — “While the agreement is by no means perfect, I have concluded that it is our best available option to put the brakes on Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon and that is why I will support it,” said Klobuchar in a statement. “In conjunction with that support I will also push for increased security assistance to Israel and enhanced defense cooperation with our Arab allies to combat terrorism throughout the region.”
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) — “The current alternatives, if this agreement is rejected, are either unrealistic or downright dangerous and so, based upon what we know now, I intend to vote in favor of the agreement,” King said.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) — “I know from my conversations with the president and Secretary Kerry and Moniz how difficult this was. I also know from my conversations with them, they were prepared to walk away than settle for a bad deal. … This is not a bad deal,” said Leahy.
Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) — I believe our negotiators achieved as much as they reasonably could, and that if strictly implemented, this plan can be effective,” he said in a statement.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) — “This deal isn’t perfect and no one trusts Iran, but it has become clear to me that the world is united behind this agreement with the exception of the government of Israel,” she said in a statement. “I respect and understand those who oppose it but I have become convinced that it is more dangerous to Israel, America and our allies to walk away in the face of unified world-wide support.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) — “I believe the agreement, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the best available strategy to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” he said in a statement.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.) — “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” she said in a statement. “I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal.” Mikulski is also retiring from the Senate.
Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.) — “The test for this agreement, then, is simple: is Iran less likely to obtain a nuclear weapon with this deal than without it? Because I answer this question affirmatively, I will support this agreement when it comes before the United States Senate for a vote in September,” Murphy said in a statement.
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) — “I am hopeful that this deal will be implemented and will move us closer to our goal of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, but I will be monitoring it closely and will be ready to join others in moving quickly on other options if Iran choses to pursue an unacceptable path,” she said in a statement.
Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) — “If the U.S. walks away from this multinational agreement, I believe we would find ourselves alone in the world with little credibility,” said Nelson on the Senate floor.
Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.)
Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) — “No one assumes Iran will change its stripes, which is why the agreement is built on a foundation of intrusive inspections and constant verification,” said Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) — “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure the deal stands,” the Senate minority leader told The Washington Post.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — “This agreement is obviously not all that many of us would have liked but it beats the alternative — a war with Iran that could go on for years,” said the 2016 contender for the Democratic nomination.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) — “This is the best possible way to deny Iran from acquiring the bomb. It is what is best for the United States, Israel, and peace in the region.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) — “Rejecting this agreement would leave us with no credible non-military options for stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” said Shaheen in a statement.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) — “I have determined that the imminent threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon outweighs any flaws I see in the international agreement. For this reason, I must support the agreement,” Stabenow said in a statement.
Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.) — Tester called the deal “the only option right now,” according to Dennis Bragg, a reporter for local station KPAX.
Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.) — “I urge my colleagues to support this agreement,” Udall said in a floor speech. “We have a choice between this deal or no deal. I do not believe we will get another chance.”
Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) — “This agreement is just the beginning, and not the end, of our combined international efforts to keep Iran free of nuclear weapons,” said Warner in a statement.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — “The question now before Congress — the only question before Congress — is whether the recently announced nuclear agreement represents our best available option for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Warren told The Boston Globe. “I am convinced that it does.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) — “Short of war, with all its dramatic uncertainties and terrible costs, I do not see another pathway to impose a nuclear weapons-free Iran,” said Whitehouse in a statement.
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.)
They were all talking off some DNC advisory that stresses the “Not perfect, but best we could do…” line.
In about 1 year, we’ll see just how stupid that line really is.