According to Niels Lesniewski at Roll Call, senior Delaware Senator Tom Carper is on board with the Iran deal regarding their nuclear weapons program. Chris Coons, the junior Delaware Senator is also expected to give his support for the deal on September 1st. Carper has put out an editorial stating his reasons for supporting the deal in Delaware Online.
At POLITICO the other day, Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim stated that the five Democratic Senators that President Obama needs to vote yes on the deal are the following: Ben Cardin (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). I find it hard to believe that the Obama administration won’t get all these Senators to back the deal, even if Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are not on board with the deal. The other day, Washington senior Senator Patty Murray gave her support for the deal.
Eli Lake and Josh Rogin at Bloomberg View wrote what everyone pretty much already knows by now; any fight that Congress puts up o kill the deal will be futile. The following paragraph is particularly telling:
“Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is threatening to filibuster the bill [a resolution of disapproval by opposing Senators] altogether, and unless at least four more Democrats promise to vote against the deal, Reid may succeed. Critics of the deal are outraged at the idea that Congress’s only chance at oversight of the initiative might not even get a hearing on the Senate floor. The White House is also reportedly pushing for the deal to be filibustered, so that Obama won’t have to veto a resolution disapproving the signature foreign policy accomplishment of his presidency. Such talk has prompted Congressional Republicans to consider moving the legislation first in the House, where passage is assured.”
With a little more than 10 Democratic Senators who are still unsure how they will vote on the deal (there are a total of 46), the Obama administration doesn’t have much work left to do on this. The notion that Republicans will get 67 votes to overturn a veto by President Obama is pure fantasy. Has President Obama gotten better at herding the cats to support his initiatives? The fact that Obama isn’t having much trouble despite the widespread public opposition to the deal displays a notable difference from the reticent 2009 President Obama who would look to the polls before making an important decision. A President only has two terms to determine his legacy. President Obama clearly wants to make this deal count. Rightfully so, considering this is a pretty good deal.