You might be angry with Senator Ted Cotton (R-AR), author of the 47 traitors letter that was sent to leadership in Iran in an effort to derail President Obama’s nuclear talks.
But Cotton must love his country a little bit, because his aggression on the Iran bill is set to backfire not only on the issues he was pushing for, but also set to scuttle amendments put forth by two Republican presidential hopefuls who could have really used the ad copy, establishment favorite Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) and troll of both sides of the aisle for his own enrichment, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Writing that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is set to wrap this deal up and move on Monday, Burgess Everett at Politico revealed, “Republican leaders are preparing to clamp down on Sen. Tom Cotton’s efforts to derail a bipartisan compromise on legislation giving Congress review power over a nuclear deal with Iran, clearing the way for it to be passed this week.”
Everett broke it down:
Before Cotton made his move, Corker and Cardin had been working with party leaders to deal with demands for votes on some hot-button provisions. When Cotton jammed his and Rubio’s amendments into the voting queue, those delicate talks ended abruptly.
With support from Democrats, the Senate GOP will get its opportunity to disapprove of any nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States. The popular congressional review bill allows Congress to disapprove of lifting legislative sanctions and requires regular reports on Iran’s compliance with the deal.
Back in March, Republicans were openly worried that Cotton’s treasonous letter would backfire on them. A general even accused Cotton and the other 46 senators who signed his letter of being ” mutinous”. General Eaton said “I would use the word mutinous. I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.”
Well, at least the Senatorial thugs weren’t looting. I mean, it’s only world peace. No biggie. Much worse to steal a TV.
Cotton made yet another foolish move last Thursday when he pushed to try to force a vote on his amendment, which if history is any indication (see North Korea and then President G.W.Bush) would have killed the nuclear talks all together. Not only is Cotton’s move is set to backfire on Rubio’s amendment to force Iran to recognize Israel’s statehood, which could have been a notch in his foreign policy belt, and killing Cruz’s amendment that any nuclear deal be approved by Congress (this amendment should have been a clue to Cotton re: the Constitution), but he also managed to alienate the Democrats who were on board to sabotage the President’s nuclear talks.
Cotton is the Senator who humiliated himself by getting both the Constitution and geography wrong in the same interview when he revealed that he didn’t know that Tehran was the Capital of Iran, after he committed a grievous error in authoring the 47 traitors letter to Iran.
Who doesn’t love a bull in the china shop when it comes to nuclear deals?
The Republicans are being trolled by one of their own, again. And he apparently remains clueless. Everett reported:
After he forced his and Rubio’s issues, Cotton sat at a party lunch among many of his Republican colleagues as they learned they may have lost their chance to get votes on their amendments.
“I think that he understands now the full impact of what has occurred,” Corker said of Cotton.
Lesson learned. Okay. Oh, wait…
Caroline Rabbitt, a spokeswoman for Cotton, said the Arkansas freshman was simply using his parliamentary tactics to fight for a “stronger bill.” And she said Cotton hasn’t admitted defeat in seeking votes on his and Rubio’s proposals.
Live by the Republican mantra of never say you’re sorry or wrong, die by the same.
Cotton’s tactics served to force some wayward Democrats back to their side of the aisle and kill a needed win for Rubio, as well as Cruz, though let’s face it, hardly anyone in the Republican Party is rooting for Ted Cruz. But best of all, Cotton’s arrogance and cluelessness are set to backfire on the amendments that would have killed the nuclear deal.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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