Republicans Routed As House Democrats Set To Give Obama Total Victory On Iran Deal

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President Obama has a liberal firewall in the House of Representatives as Nancy Pelosi has kept her Democrats together, and they are ready to deliver total victory for the president on the Iran deal.

Politico reported:

But Obama’s backstop in the House, where the Democratic Caucus is dominated by liberals, is holding firm.

Close to 40 House Democrats have come out in favor of the deal since it was first announced in mid-July, while 16 senators have voiced their support. And there are dozens of additional Democrats who’ve signaled in interviews and statements that they are inclined to back Obama’s deal, which aims to stop Tehran’s development of a nuclear weapon in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Most notably, not one of the 151 House Democrats who signed a May letter in support of the broad outlines of the agreement have announced opposition to the final product.

House Democrats are resisting a multi-million dollar effort to turn them against the deal. The dye was cast long ago on the fate of the Iran deal because of two key factors.

House liberals were outraged when Speaker John Boehner attempted to humiliate President Obama by going behind his back and inviting Netanyahu to address Congress. Boehner and Netanyahu’s behavior backfired and unified House Democrats around their president. Any chance that Boehner had of getting Democratic votes for a resolution of disapproval of the Iran deal was destroyed the moment he disrespected the president.

The second factor is the structure of the agreement to allow a vote on the Iran deal. The White House made it nearly impossible to kill the Iran deal by only agreeing to give Congress the ability to pass a resolution of disapproval. President Obama knew that he would veto any resolution of disapproval and that the odds are practically zero that Republicans would be able to muster the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override his veto.

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) announcement of opposition to the deal has not been followed by a wave of Democrats joining him. It is doubtful that Mitch McConnell will be able to get enough votes in the Senate to override the president’s expected veto, but even if he does, Obama’s ironclad support in the House means that Republicans will lose.

There will be a great deal of media generated wringing of hands and speculative coverage of the Iran deal resolution vote, but the unless House Democrats budge, Obama wins no matter what else happens.

The president is well on his way towards achieving a major victory for peace, as House Democrats are signaling that they’ve got Obama’s back.

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56 Replies to “Republicans Routed As House Democrats Set To Give Obama Total Victory On Iran Deal”

  1. Excellent!

    It’s good to see the Democrats (thanks for NOTHING Schumer!) standing up for a non-violent solution to world problems.

    As opposed to the inevitable Republican ‘solution’: If it moves- shoot at it.

    Kudos to the Dems!

    Hillary/Pelosi?

  2. This is only one more instance of the Republicans’ proclivity toward supporting the wrong causes or being on the wrong and ultimately losing side of so many issues. They tried to undermine this president with the signing of a letter in support of the international rogue leading Israel by 47 GOP senators. That alone spoke volumes about their disrespect for President Obama with their inclination to support leaders of other countries over him, like Putin in recent years. They are once again getting the taste of egg in their faces, along with being publicly contradicted by world scientists and former American generals. Even worse for them, they had no satisfactory alternative to avoid war with Iran.

  3. Very happy news! We’re not going to WAR!!

    Thank you, President Obama and Democrats.

    However, I’d like to add to the title of this piece:

    Republicans and Chuck Shumer Routed As House Democrats Set To Give Obama Total Victory On Iran Deal

    Total victory for President Obama is total victory for the American people and the world.

  4. AND his one pointed finger is clearly a call to action for Iran to take over the world. Damn secret hand signals.

  5. No, no, no.

    Not “the dye was cast” but “the die was cast.” This is a reference to playing dice and a translation of a quote attributed to Caesar when he cross the Rubicon, effectively beginning a civil war — meaning, “Well, we’ve pretty much irrevocably committed to this thing now.”

  6. I guess we just have to accept there will be 8 more years ahead of peace and prosperity.

    McCain and Graham are so sad. So sad.

  7. Don’t be too upset with Senator Schumer. He’s Jewish as are many of his constituents. As long as most of the other Democrats side with President Obama, it won’t matter how Senator Schumer votes and he’ll still be in good standing with his constituents. I believe that’s his political gamble. I’m even thinking that if he votes against the deal and is vetoed, he won’t vote to override the veto.

  8. But the majority of Jewish voters favors the deal
    POLL: American Jewish Support for Iran Deal Exceeds Support Among General Population
    http://jstreet.org/blog/post/poll-american-jewish-support-for-iran-deal-exceeds-support-among-general-population

    His defection has nothing to do with his constituents but everything to do with maintaining Israel’s hegemony in the region by keeping Iran economically weak and isolated. If AIPAC and the Likud party truly wanted peace then they should embrace a two state solution then Iran would have no reason to arm HAMAS.

  9. He’s referring to the spelling of “die” (a cube used in gambling) as opposed to “dye” (colored pigment)

  10. And the totally corrupt Alcee Hastings-D FL

    just announced he will vote NO !

    Someone bought his vote for sure.

  11. F**K Schumer. He didn’t have the balls to stand up and do what’s right for the USA and for the world instead of pandering to SOME of his constituents.

  12. Schumer needs a Benedict Arnold hat! Poor, poor, GOP. They control 2/3 of the chambers, and still can’t win!

  13. In the U.S., support for Israel has been robust from both the Republicans and Democrats. Netanyahu is making a big mistake to make support for Israel a partisan issue in American politics. By taking sides in the bitter Democrat-Republican divide, he is causing many former firm supporters of Israel to reassess that position. It won’t happen overnight, but in the years to come, U.S. support for Israel is going to wane and it will trace back to Netanyahu taking sides in U.S. politics.
    This deal is going into effect whether they like it or not; Israel and the Republicans cannot stop it. So to waste so much political capital fighting a deal you can’t stop by taking sides in partisan U.S. politics is a huge strategic mistake by Netanyahu that will cost Israel dearly in the years to come.

  14. Then he should be primaried. The district is strong Democratic with a majority of black residents. AIPAC don’t call any shots here

  15. Another reason (The Deal with Iran) that we should count our blessings that Obama has been our President, instead of McCain + Palin and Romney + Paul Ryan… Ugh!
    We would NEVER have gotten this far with Iran, nor arrived at a Deal that involved 6 countries. Republicans would have squandered the opportunity and negotiated foolishly. They would have been obstinate in the negotiations, they would have exasperated the other countries, resulting in them saying: USA please LEAVE the room! Please. Go Home!
    Anyway, here we are. No thanks to Republicans, Bibi Netanyahu (the Republican’s concigliere) and the Schumer’s in the Democrat’s tent.

    Take a bow Obama and Kerry and the rest of our team. No matter what imposition the Republicans and Israel come up with, this thing is a go. Success. The other countries should be breathing a sigh of relief knowing that
    What’s gonna be, will be in September.
    Pie in the face for the 47 Republicans and the rest of them, and the Republican street.

  16. …I think we all knew SOME Dems would be bought, or decide they preferred to give allegiance to the leader of a foreign country…thankfully that number is low…
    …now we gotta keep pressure on our reps…

  17. dj, I agree with most of what you said, but I still believe if it came down to a vote to override the President’s veto, he would not vote to override.

  18. Michael, I believe that is a very accurate assessment and will come about if Netanyahu remains in power much longer. John Boehner and the 47 Traitors had a hand in this as well and don’t realize the ramifications to Israeli/US relations of their actions lately. Instead of helping Israel with these shananigans, they are inadvertantly harming them as far as US relations are concerned.

  19. Agree. I think America did a huge double take with the duplicitous invitation to Netanyahu to criticize our President from the congressional floor. Then Tehran Tom and 46 others followed that with the odious letter to Iran.

    Many Americans started to pay much closer attention and did not like Netanyahu trying to control our foreign policy. Our support was set. The two actions above were a total backfire and will result in a win for diplomacy.

  20. Hillary came out in favor of it when she was briefed in July and she said this, too the day she was informed. She refused to comment, properly so, until Obama announced it because she was part of it:

    “As Secretary of State, I logged tens of thousands of miles and twisted a lot of arms to build a global coalition to impose the most crippling sanctions in history,” she said. “That unprecedented pressure delivered a blow to Iran’s economy and gave us leverage at the negotiating table, starting in Oman in 2012. I know from experience what it took to build a global effort to get this done; I know what it will take to rally our partners to enforce it.”

  21. …wrong finger…to PROPERLY salute the NeoNazi MK2 Mod15 Potty, one needs to extend the right arm precisely at the proper angle then crisply extend the MIDDLE finger…
    …I hope this clears things up for you…
    {{{Spends 20 minutes rolling on floor laughing while face turns new and interesting colors}}}

  22. What a sad stupid soul you are…..pitiable and symptomatic of what’s wrong with this nation.

    Obama’s possibly the best President since FDR. Certainly in the top three since WWII.

    But Democratic Presidents cleaning up the messes made by overconfident and arrogant (and sleepy) Republican Presidents is a trend that has to stop. Republicans only hate the debt and deficit when they don’t hold the Executive branch, when they do, they run both off a fiscal cliff and defer the financial reality until somebody else has to come along and clean it up. This is about the fourth time I’ve seen it happen, so the Republican party is dead for me. And anybody else with a brain.

  23. Netanyahu, operating on a razor thin majority, and acting like it’s a mandate. Kinda like W.

    Somewhere some villages lost their idiots.

  24. Damn the stupid is out today. Before you make ASSUMPTIONS READ MY POST ON THIS MATTER OR ANY MATTER. Some wet behind the ear whose breath smell like similac don’t even get the snark.

  25. He has got to go ASAP
    House Democrat Calls For War Authorization Against Iran

    His goal is to influence the next president, not the current one.

    Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings on Thursday became the latest Democrat to split with President Barack Obama over Iran, stating that he would not only vote down the nuclear agreement with the country, but would also draft an authorization to allow the U.S. to go to war with it to prevent it from getting nuclear weapons.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/war-authorization-iran_55ccf48ce4b0898c4886e958?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592&kvcommref=mostpopular

  26. Just maybe there can be enough harm brought about to stop all financing from the U.S. now wouldn’t that be nice? The million sent to Israel kept here, to help our poor. Just perhaps this Nation would think again about giving One Million to a Senator(Cotton) for his letter.

  27. Schumer’s got his eyes on Senate Majority Leader when the Dems take over in 2016 (and they will–the R’s have 24 seats to defend and no coattails from whoever actually gets the nomination).

    I guarantee you that he only came out against the agreement because he cleared it in advance with Obama. He also knew that he had sufficient cover in the form of favorables in the Senate, if not to vote for approval, then to uphold the veto. Hell, having made his point, Schumer may well vote to uphold the veto himself.

    He’s one wily pol.

  28. Well so far the DEMS including Sanders still support him so I don’t know about wily but methinks its about the money he brings in from his Wall Street buddies

  29. “The dye was cast long ago” – Jason, it drives me crazy when this happens with people who are in the business of communicating with the written word. It’s ‘The DIE (singular of ‘DICE’) was cast’. I hope this is just an editing oversight.

  30. Finally.. someone who understands Iran,. I was born in Iran in 1937. My Father was the Teheran branch Manager of the AIOC. I was the little blond haired kid running around the bazaar in Tajrish *no shoes, no shirt)spoke Farsi like a ha’mal. So many people here hate Iran and have no idea why. They know only what the rightwing press tells them. They think that Iran is warlike and nothing could be further from the truth.I am now 78 and would dearly love to return for a visit.

  31. As long as we’re scrutinizing use of the word “dye” as being incorrect, let’s recognize the word “die” does not refer to the singular of gambling “dice,” but rather to molding die that are used in die casting, hence the phrase “the die was cast.”

  32. That’s the thing about acting like a Tea-tard DJ, there is nothing so outrageous you can pretend to be like, that will distinguish you from an actual Tea-bagger.

  33. Thank you. I was going to comment on that myself. I get so tired of ignorant people who misuse words or who don’t understand what they’re saying. It’s especially offensive when the perpetrator is supposed to be some kind of journalist. You’d think that someone who writes for public consumption would comprehend the difference between “dye” and “die,” but apparently that’s not the case. How sad.

  34. President Obama made us a summer mix tape.
    The President’s Daytime Playlist
    Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
    Live It Up – Isley Brothers
    Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
    Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
    So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
    Paradise – Coldplay
    Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
    Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
    Another Star – Stevie Wonder
    Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
    Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
    Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
    Good Day – Nappy Roots
    Green Light – John Legend
    Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
    Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
    Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
    Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
    Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
    La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/14/obama-made-us-a-summer-mix-tape-heres-whats-on-it/

  35. The President’s Evening Playlist
    My Favorite Things – John Coltrane
    Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean) – Beyoncé
    Moondance – Van Morrison
    Is Your Love Big Enough? – Lianne La Havas
    How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – Al Green
    Red & White & Blue & Gold – Aoife O’Donovan
    Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill
    The Best Is Yet to Come – Frank Sinatra
    You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
    I Found My Everything – Mary J Blige
    Help Me – Joni Mitchell
    I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding
    Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
    Feeling Good – Nina Simone
    Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
    Until – Cassandra Wilson
    UMI Says – Mos Def
    The Very Thought of You – Billie Holiday
    Flamenco Sketches – Miles Davis
    Woo – Erykah Badu

  36. To Newzheimer:

    I kind’a believe what you think:

    —“I guarantee you that he only came out against the agreement because he cleared it in advance with Obama. He also knew that he had sufficient cover in the form of favorables in the Senate, if not to vote for approval, then to uphold the veto.” ——–

    He would have “blindsided” Obama if not doing what you think he did beforehand. And that would have rattled the whole caucus. So, to me it’s a “Wink-Wink” move by Schumer. Placating his Jewish donors, pals and Israel nevertheless.

  37. WTF is this article about? The House has no say so on this deal. So how could Obama and Democrat win a victory in the House?

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