McConnell Finding a Little Backbone?

Thanks to the Corker Bill, there was really no way for the GOP to stop Obama’s Iran deal – but we should be able to at least get a disapproval to Obama’s desk and force him to veto it…so far, the Senate GOP under McConnell has failed to do this (because Democrats, when push comes to shove, are always Democrats first and last – party loyalty comes before common sense); but now he’s got a plan:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to force Democrats to walk the line on the Iran nuclear agreement, teeing up a vote on a contentious amendment on the deal.

The Republican leader scheduled a procedural vote on an amendment that would block President Obama from lifting sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal until Iran publicly supports Israel and releases Americans currently held in Iranian prisons…

Among the many glaring errors of the Iran deal is our failure to obtain release for Americans held by Iran. I think I read somewhere that Kerry claimed he brought them up again and again – but I simply don’t believe it; it is a no-brainer and a no-cost concession from Iran. Obama and Kerry were giving them the world on a platter and I’m sure if we had pressed the matter, they would have given the Americans up. That they haven’t tells me that either we never asked, or we asked only once and the Iranians refused, and Obama/Kerry let the matter drop because they were that fearful of derailing the deal.

At any rate, it is good political theater to force the Democrats to vote on something like this – of course, it would have been better political theater if we had forced Obama to submit the deal like a normal treaty and watched it go down in flames.

19 thoughts on “McConnell Finding a Little Backbone?

  1. tiredoflibbs September 16, 2015 / 11:51 am

    If McConnell had a backbone, he would not have given up the Senate’s Constitutional power of approving treaties, where it needed a 66+ majority for approval.

    McConnell as well as Boehner have no backbone. They are squeamish when it comes to a fight on anything. They have caved more easily than any Senate I can remember.

    • Amazona September 16, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      Well, we have a whole list of Senators and Representatives who won’t stand up to McConnell OR Boehner, so there is plenty of blame to go around. Out here in the Heartland there was a groan of dismay when McConnell got his seat, dismay and disbelief, but the Senate seemed to LOOVVVE him and here he is, thanks to them. Ditto for Boehner keeping his seat. A few brave souls tried to mount a revolution but it was quickly quashed by the Establishment Representatives.

      These guys like their status, and probably want to keep it, so maybe it will be up to us, again, out here in the boonies, to put the pressure on them to man up and do the right thing. That is, say it loud and clear and back it up that when it comes to the races for the Senate and the House we will only support people who commit to getting rid of these clowns.

      Lordy, Lordy, can you IMAGINE having Trump in the White House, McConnell still “leading” the Senate, and Boehner still “leading” the House? All we would have to do is slightly rewrite that old song to read “Clowns to the right of me, jokers to the left, and here I am, stuck in the middle….”

  2. Cluster September 16, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Re: the hostages there is this from CNN: The Obama administration contends that the negotiations on behalf of Americans being held in Iran and the status of that country’s nuclear program are separate issues. Obama cares more about his legacy than American hostages. Did you hear Krauthammer excoriate Democrats yesterday? Priceless.

    McConnell has no back bone otherwise he would be sending up a steady stream of legislation for Obama to veto effectively exposing Obama’s extremism. Legislation like the Keystone Pipeline, tax reform, entitlement reform, immigration reform, education reform and school choice, etc. McConnell and Boehner are part of the problem.

  3. Cluster September 16, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Just an aside – has anyone else noticed that European countries are using walls and fences to keep ME refugees out and they are working.

  4. Cluster September 17, 2015 / 11:52 am

    I am sure everyone has heard about the “4 or 5” Syrian rebels that the Obama administration trained to the tune of $500 million.

    I am thinking we will need probably 4 or 5 more.

    • M. Noonan September 18, 2015 / 12:04 am

      He’s not serious about building up a rebel army in Syria – because a rebel army would be fighting against the Assad regime, which is Iran’s buddy, and thus Obama’s new bestie.

  5. Retired Spook September 17, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    If McConnell has found a spine he may have gotten the one that Marine Major General Mark Brilakis lost.

    “The Pentagon has decided against arming recruiters in the wake of the Chattanooga terror attack that killed five soldiers,” Investor’s Business Daily reports. “Instead of guns, officers will get ‘desk partitions.’”

    Marine Corps Commanding General Mark Brilakis says the decision was made because educators, students and parents might not be “comfortable” seeing armed recruiters. As for when military personnel are in their storefront offices, Brilakis says it might also offend the sensibilities of mall shoppers.


    • tiredoflibbs September 18, 2015 / 10:16 am

      Instead of our liberal politicians being surrounded by armed guards perhaps they should have partitions between themselves.

      Get rid of their guards, let them wear kevlar…it will be cheaper and it is still more protection than the average citizen gets.

    • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      I do not agree with the Commanding General of the United States Marines, when he advocates using desk partitions in recruiting offices. I find this a disturbing example of exclusionary behavior, and fear that it might traumatize people who won’t know what is going on behind those partitions,or who feel excluded from any such activity. Depending on who is behind those partitions, and what they are doing, and who people are being separated from, they may also be sexist, racist, nativist, and possibly ablist—after all, only the abled would be capable of peeking over those partitions to see what is going on, and that is highly discriminatory.

      The very IDEA that people should be SEGREGATED in such a manner is highly offensive. What if people are PRAYING behind those partitions? This idea shows a complete lack of sensitivity and lack of respect for the diversity that is acknowledged by an open environment with no artificial divisions.

      I would also like to point out that partitions hinder air flow, and partitioned areas require more energy to heat and/or cool them, leading to the DESTRUCTION OF THE PLANET and the DEATHS OF POLAR BEARS! Would they be manufactured with environmentally safe materials? (I am thinking of organic unbleached cotton) and made and installed by union workers?

      My sensibilities are offended by the very idea of imposing such unequal treatment upon people, only some of whom could possibly be behind any such partition at any time and when behind such a partition would be cut off from what might be going on behind any other partition. I am not at all comfortable with any aspect of this idea, and think it is clear that the Commanding General of the United States Marines is a fascist who must be reeducated, along with the other Pentagon officials who evidently endorsed this brutal trampling of the basic rights of freedom and equality. I strongly support the establishment of reeducation camps for any left in any branch of the military who are still locked into such rigid and authoritarian ideas. (I understand that there are very few.)

      • Cluster September 18, 2015 / 5:44 pm

        LMAO!!! Great, great reply. However I might have read this differently if I wasn’t awash in white privilege.

      • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 9:36 pm

        Well, that’s part of the problem—white men just can’t perceive the rampant microaggressions represented by this hateful plan.

        Well, maybe a gay atheist white man could…………

      • Amazona September 23, 2015 / 12:10 am

        A new one: “heteronormativity causes the otherization of non-cisgendered communities”

        You gotta love it—no doubt otherization is created by various microaggressions, which evidently exist, like, EVERYWHERE.

      • M. Noonan September 23, 2015 / 12:43 am

        Which means, when you think about it, that being different is bad…

      • Amazona September 23, 2015 / 8:40 am

        But using normal words to say something so obviously wrong is not going to appeal to the self-styled “intellectual” of the radical Left. They need pseudo-intellectual gobbledygook to slap a thin veneer of gravitas onto their silliness, and seem to think that invented polysyllabic nonsense fills the bill.

    • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Is there a list of just who, in the Pentagon, made this decision? I would like to send each of them a congratulatory powder puff.

    • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      BTW, his backbone is not the first body part the general lost…………

  6. Cluster September 18, 2015 / 8:22 am

    So you may have heard that the Nobel Institute is thinking that awarding the Nobel Prize to Obama may have been a mistake:

    …..according to a new memoir by the former director of Norway’s Nobel Institute, the committee believes it may have made a mistake.

    “[We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didn’t have this effect,” Geil Lundestad told the Associated Press in an interview

    Awarding him the Presidency was the much more egregious mistake. .

    • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 9:40 am

      Who knew that the real purpose of the Nobel Prize was not to award accomplishment but to prop up (strengthen) a political personality? Looks to me like the entire committee should be replaced after a severe scolding, and replaced with a group that doesn’t try to use the works, money and name of Nobel to advance Leftist political agendas. Shame on them.

      • Amazona September 18, 2015 / 9:45 am

        According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize is to go to whoever “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

        Gee, I didn’t see anything in there about propping up a newbie who had done NOTHING AT ALL because he appealed to the Leftist inclinations of the committee. Now that their guy has made the United States the biggest financier of worldwide terrorism and helped support the effort to “wipe Israel off the map” it’s pretty hard to reconcile that with the wording of Nobel’s will.

        Leftists have no shame.

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