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The Democrats Facing Elections In ’16 and ’18 Who Need To Vote For Corker-Menendez To #KillTheDeal And #DontGoBack

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Now that Iran has announced (1) there is no deal unless sanctions are lifted on day one and (2) there will be no “anytime, anywhere” access to military facilities, Democrats up for re-election in 2016 and 2018 face a dilemma even if they are indifferent to national security. Both are deal killers (as should have been the continuation of support for the Iran-backed killer militias of the region and export of existing enriched uranium stockpiles and closing of Fordo.)

Democrats like New York’s Chuck Schumer and Virginia’s Tim Kaine have already indicated they will support the Corker-Menendez bill which will impose legislative scrutiny on any “deal.”  At least four others are said to have agreed to the same, which leaves the Senate three votes shy of the 67 necessary to override the expected presidential veto.  The “deal” will be white hot election issue in 2016 and again in 2018 as the new GOP president either revokes it on day one revealing as much classified information a s necessary to prove Iranian perfidy in its crafting and its operation, or Hillary stands by and watches even it obvious failures multiply. (Think Saddam and the old “inspection games” –this will be ten times worse.  See the piece on Chalres Deulfer on this issue.)

Like the vote on the Iraq war, the vote on the Corker-Menendez will haunt senators for a decade or more to come.  Indeed it will haunt them in history.  Here are the Democrats facing re-election in 2016 and 2018 (an * indicates they are serving on the Foreign Relations Committee), and you can call each of them via 202-225-3121:

The Democrats up in 2016:

Colorado’s Michael Bennet

Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal

Hawaii’s Brian Schatz

New York’s Chuck Schumer

Oregon’s Ron Wyden

Vermont’s Patrick Leahy

Washington State’s Patty Murray

There are open Democratic seats in California, Maryland and Nevada. (Republican incumbents who might have faced a harder time in 2016 will be facing opponents who will have to either savage their nominee’s legacy as Secretary of State or support the deal.)

Democrats facing re-election in 2018:

California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy*

Delaware Senator Tom Carper

Florida Senator Bill Nelson

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly

Maine Senator Angus King (I) (caucuses with Democrats)

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin*

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

Montana Senator Jon Tester

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr.

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I)(caucuses with Democrats)

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine*

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin

Over the next few days and weeks these 33 Democrats need an avalanche of phone calls and emails and preferably both  telling them that they must oppose the “deal,” and threatening electoral reprisal in the form of contributions to opponents and endless volunteer efforts.  Most of them don’t like the “deal” to begin with so push them towards the national security with a could stiff dose of political reality as well.

I’ve spent most of the first three days of this week interviewing people about the deal. Read them all and draw your own conclusions. The president has not engaged in a single detailed, tough interview concerning the hologram that he calls a deal, nor has Secretary Kerry. Even so he has admitted that the deal ends up allowing nukes to Iran within a dozen years.

The deal has to be killed by Congress and Iran’s leaders have made that much easier. The president such recognize that and simply refuse to return to the table and announce negotiations have ended based on these twin statements that reveal for everyone to see the Iranians have been “negotiating” in bad faith from day one.

In reverse order, the key interviews I’ve conducted, for which both audio and transcript are available:

John McCain, 4/10/15

Karl Rove, 4/10/15

David Brooks, The New York Times, 4/9/15

Vice President Cheney and former State Department senior official Liz Cheney, 4/8/15

Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal, 4/8/15

Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard, 4/8/15

Carly Fiorina, 4/8/15

Rick Santorum, 4/2/15

Jeb Bush, 3/30/15

Scott Walker, 3/25/15

Marco Rubio, 3/24/15

For your convenience, Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal piece on the deal by former Secretaries of State Schultz and Kissinger is here.

The “deal” cannot be salvaged.  Call and demand these Democratic senators vote to back Corker-Menendez.  #DontGoBack #KillTheDeal


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