The White House is touting the Iran Deal as “historic” for the wrong reason. It is the first international agreement that did not get bipartisan support from Congress. In fact, it didn’t get support from even a majority of Senate members. Instead, it gets “by-passed” through the Senate, purely as an act of political stubbornness of historic proportions, not of political negotiation. An international agreement of this significance did not get approved by Congress in a fashion resembling anything like it in the past.
1. By-Passing the Senate
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid walks through the Capitol
2. Done deal without political negotiation
As a matter of constitutional decency, the president should have submitted the deal to Congress first. And submitted it as a treaty. Which it obviously is. No international agreement in a generation matches this one in strategic significance and geopolitical gravity.
Obama did not submit it as a treaty because he knew he could never get the constitutionally required votes for ratification. He’s not close to getting two-thirds of the Senate. He’s not close to getting a simple majority. No wonder: In the latest Pew Research Center poll, the American people oppose the deal by a staggering 28-point margin.
To get around the Constitution, Obama negotiated a swindle that requires him to garner a mere one-third of one house of Congress. Indeed, on Thursday, with just 42 Senate supporters — remember, a treaty requires 67 — the Democrats filibustered and prevented, at least for now, the Senate from voting on the deal at all. via Washington Post