Democrats In Full Revolt As Republican Netanyahu Speech Scheme Completely Backfires


Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are facing potential humiliation as congressional Democrats are in full revolt and refusing to attend the Israeli leader’s planned speech before Congress.

Politico reported that a meeting to try to end the Democratic revolt has only served to make things worse:

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein rushed to meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday trying to calm a furor created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month and quell a Democratic revolt that has dozens threatening a boycott.

It didn’t work.

If anything, Democrats finished the day more frustrated. According to a source in the room, one Jewish Democratic member of Congress even accused Dermer of being insincere when he claimed not to have anticipated the partisan uproar he’d ignite when he skirted protocol and went around the White House and scheduled the speech only with House Speaker John Boehner.

The White House isn’t providing any guidance to congressional Democrats, but the reports that Vice President Biden may skip Netanyahu’s speech are a powerful non-verbal signal. Anyone with an ounce of political sense understands that Boehner and Netanyahu cooked up this scheme in order to humiliate the president and pressure him to drop the nuclear talks with Iran. Republicans misread the political landscape. Boehner assumed that his Netanyahu invitation would divide Democrats and split what he presumed was a weakened Democratic Party.

The exact opposite has happened. The Democrats have emerged from the 2014 midterm as a revived party. Their resurgence has been powered by President Obama. The president has seen his poll numbers steadily increase as he has chosen to take on Republicans on a number of issues. Democrats have formed a unified front with their president that has led to Republicans struggling to get their agenda off of the ground.

Boehner and Netanyahu have entered damage control mode. They can’t cancel Netanyahu’s address, so the conservatives are trying to get Democrats on board. The prospect of Netanyahu addressing Congress and looking out upon dozens to hundreds of empty seats is becoming very real. Democrats are rebelling against the speech in order to expose it as the partisan stunt that it is.

The entire fiasco could have been avoided if Netanyahu and Boehner had followed protocol instead of attempting to humiliate the President Of The United States.

Boehner and Netanyahu’s scheme to humiliate Obama has backfired into an embarrassing public disaster for the conservatives.

50 Replies to “Democrats In Full Revolt As Republican Netanyahu Speech Scheme Completely Backfires”

  1. Great! Now, let’s break off diplomatic relations until Israel apologizes. Close our Embassy. Recognize Palestine.

    Show Israel who the lead dog is.

  2. Republicans are happy to give Netanyahu 3
    billion and more of our tax dollars every year, Israel has universal health care, the republicans are busy taking healthcare away from the American taxpayer, I do not understand why people are not in the streets
    complaining, they would see our people die
    from illnesses while working for Israel.

  3. The case could be made that Boehner’s actions could be in violation of the Logan Act , and the SCOTUS decision that only the Executive branch should conduct foreign policy .

    The Logan Act prohibits any “Private correspondence with foreign governments” and reads; “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” The Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot and should not conduct foreign affairs; that power rests in the Executive Branch exclusively.
    In the 1936 Supreme Court case, Uni…

  4. Netanyahu and Boehner are both just bullies. Just like bullies, if ignored, they’ll usually go away. A voter may consider his vote next election if a democrat participates in this little game the GOP boys and Netanyahu are playing. I will.

  5. Not one…
    Not one…
    Not one single Democrat should sit through that travesty

    Someone, the other day, suggested a Walk Out
    rather than a boycott.

    And let those Dems who sits Not one…
    Not one…
    Not one single Democrat should sit through that travesty

    Someone, the other day, suggested a Walk Out
    rather than a boycott.

    And let the De, who sits theough rhat outrageous travesty be relentlessly and beutally castigated.

    We give Israel billions.
    In return, they treat us with contempt.

    We will not tolerate this.
    There will be consequences this outrageous travesty be relentlessly and brutally castigated.

    We give Israel billions.
    In return, they treat us with contempt.

    We will not tolerate this.
    There will be consequences.

  6. Not one…
    Not one…
    Not one single Democrat should sit through this travesty.

    Someone, the other day, suggested a Walk Out rather than a boycott. Powerful!

    Let those Dems who sits theough this outrageous travesty be relentlessly and brutally castigated.

    We give Israel billions.
    In return, they treat us with contempt.

    We will not tolerate this.
    There will be consequences.

  7. Now, Boehner is trying to mitigate his faux pas by inviting Pope Francis to speak!
    Boehner is still a slimy snake, but I’m glad the Pope will speak to Congress!

  8. Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Boycotting Netanyahu Speech

    The Democratic revolt over Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress continues to grow. Indeed, more Democratic representatives have stated that they either will be boycotting Netanyahu’s speech or are undecided about their attendance than those who have stated they will be attending.

    This is being punctuated by the fact that John Lewis (D-GA), civil rights icon and an elder statesman in the Democratic caucus, has now publicly pledged to skip Netanyahu’s speech. As of this writing, he is the fifth Democratic representative to do so, with the others being Jim McGovern (D-MA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and head of the Congressional Black Caucus, G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).

  9. When are the Republicans going to learn that President Obama is smarter than the lot of them put together. They make fools of themselves every time they pull a stunt such as this.

  10. Only nuttinyahoo can stop this mess. And now he is desperate, as he has elections coming up for his own job. It will work both ways, either the Israelis will feel sorry for him and elect, or reject him.

    In the US, the minions will stand up for the nuttinyahoo. Thinking people will know what boehner has done

  11. That link is not credible. Please do not use addictinginfo in the future. They are well known for being a very poor source of information

  12. You should take a gandar at the Democratic Party page, it’s a tea bag/repub insane asylim over there.
    They’re just mentally unstable.

    How the GOP Slowly Went Insane
    There are smart, honest conservatives at the ready to help govern practically and sincerely, but they are drowned out by the guttural scream of craven utopians raging against reality. This moment in American political life is insane. That a group of narrow-minded zealots could push us to the brink of economic ruin, that they maintain a base of support in their frenzied, quixotic, incompetent gambit, that there is an apparatus that exists to defend this kind of nonsense.

  13. Tea bag/repubs have lower IQ’s

    Conservatism as a Mental Illness
    Republican polls have recently exhibited 10 telltale signs of mental illness:
    Denial, Delusion, Hallucination, Disordered Thinking, Anger, Anti-social Behavior, Sexual Preoccupation, Grandiosity, General Oddness, Paranoia

  14. In trying to force American Jews to choose between Netanayahu and President Obama, many of us are choosing Obama. I like Israel, but I have never liked the current Prime Minster. I think he’s a right wing sneak and a bully.

    Many Israelis don’t like him either, and what he is doing in the US, is using us as a platform to campaign in violation of Israeli law.

    It’s really backfired against Bibi, who many of us Jews find his overreach offensive and dangerous.

  15. Israeli Consul: Supporters of Bibi’s Speech Want to Humiliate President Obama

    Haaretz reports:

    [Sideman] said the primary supporters of Netanyahu’s speech are groups identified with the most conservative side of the U.S. political map, like the Republican Jewish Coalition, the Zionist Organization of America and Christian evangelical leaders. “It is our impression that these people’s support for the speech stems from their identification with, and admiration for, a move to defy and humiliate President Obama, more than from the importance they attribute to the Iranian issue, which should be the center of the speech,” he wrote.

  16. It’s about time the democratic party started standing together. They failed so miserably in the midterms because they distanced themselves from the successes of the Las few years and let the GOP message of fear mongering and woeful disaster take the over the media and voters minds.

  17. I just sent an email to Congressman, John Sabanes, stating that he and all House Democrats should have some backbone and not attend Netanyahu’s address. This is a direct affront to President Obama, this administration and our government.

    We will see which Democrats are worthy of the title “Democrat”.


  19. The Congressional Republican mind hasn’t grown along with their bodies. Obstruction is the name of the game as long as President Obama is the leader of our nation.

  20. Personally, if I were POTUS, I’d either invite the president (pm?)of Iran to the White House on the same day as ‘Bibi’s’ little visit, or travel to Iran. Iran has to be taking note of ALL of this! Perhaps, the fact that Obama has taken such an usual strong stance against Israel for an American president, this will bolster the chances of getting that nuclear deal with Iran (and others.) What would be stellar — and some REAL poetic justice, and that would be that a lot of the Arab world countries that make up the chaos and after-shock that is known as ‘Arab Spring’, would respond positively and accordingly, in order to symbolically “stick it” to Israel. And by that, I mean working a bit more in concert with our President. I still support the existence of Israel, but with Palestine playing a HUGE role, as well! Definitely two states.

  21. …Yes. And a lot of those abortions are strategically being performed on African women in a number of their clinics! Netanyahu knows of this! He’s also one of the main ones trying to kick out (and keep out of Israel) as many people of African decent, as he and the other movers and shakers can.

  22. Most definitely Israel needs to apologize to President Obama and a recall on the Speaker of the House.

  23. Or they could sit there and yell you lie, like the jackass republican during last years state of the union

  24. Nothin’ better than a good revolt. Show ’em who’s boss. Don’t think they give a shit if any show up. Man up! Get some balls and walk out.

  25. Support for Israel is support for terrorism. No decent human being can support the savage Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinians on their own land. Israel is a war criminal.

  26. It’s actually $10 bil with the “forgiven” loans and the freebies in military hardware and grants and intelligence and commercial aid we provide to Israel. Did you know we pay Israel to train our police? Did you know we are paying Israel to build a wall along the Arizona / Mexico border? Did you know we pay more per capita in welfare payments to Israeli citizens than we do our own?

  27. Boehner and his crew, behind closed doors are going: Oooops! Oh-oh! :(
    What have we done? How do we get out of this? Disinvite Bibi?

  28. A leader if the house, boehner can invite anyone he wants to speak. If democrats bail, that makes them look juvenile and petty. A true leader would actually sit and listen to what he has to say. If they think this is jeopardizing the Iran talks, u r naive. Iran is playing us for fools. They keep developing their nukes while stalling negotiations.

  29. You are quite incorrect Cguyy. The foreign policy of the United States belongs to the executive branch. It is the President of the United States who sets the foreign policy of our country. Invitations to speak before Congress have always been extended through consultation with the White House and include a visit with the President, which is not happening this time. This is the first time a Speaker of the House has issue an invitation to a foreign leader without the approval of the sitting President.

  30. Cguyy22, Please self-educate yourself instead of parroting the fox and information only from very narrow facts. I cannot believe the dumbing-down in our country through home-schooling and “private educations”. Start with reading our Constitution, that the Right holds so dear and complains our President shreds on a daily basis.

  31. I sure hope the Dems either boycott or walk out if they actually go. The GOP is ruining this country just because they want to make the Pres look like an idiot. They are the ones looking like idiots!! They don’t seem to care what happens to the people they are suppose to be serving and leading, they just want to stop the Pres from fulfilling goals he had set out to do during his 1st term & his 2nd term.

  32. Absolutely right. And Senators McCain and Graham need to be prosecuted under the same act for going to Saudi Arabia and encouraging those terrorists to supply more aid to other terrorists.

  33. Absolutely – especially in light of Boehner’s continuing lawsuits against the Pres, would love the irony of a countersuit.

  34. This has the potential to create more racial division in this country. Republicans are quick to blame President Obama for the divide. Many African Americans will see this stunt to embarrass our president, who happens to be black, as one more insensitive and disrespectful acts on the part of Republicans to disgrace our president. Republicans need to understand that there are consequences to their actions.

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