Remember the GOP supposedly showing a little guts by demanding that Obama run his farcical Iran deal through Congress, like the Constitution proscribes? Well, as it turns out, it’s just another example of gutless Republican surrender.
Andrew McCarthy at National review, sums it up:
When you read the legislation, it becomes apparent that Senator Corker is simply channeling his inner Mitch McConnell.
Cravenly elevating their own political interest over the national interest, many on the GOP side of the political class calculate that it is more important to avoid blame for frustrating Obama — this time, on his delusional Iran deal — than to succeed in actually frustrating Obama. But alas, that annoying Constitution is again an obstacle to shirking accountability. It does not empower the president to make binding agreements with foreign countries all on his own — on the theory that the American people should not take on enforceable international obligations or see their sovereignty compromised absent approval by the elected representatives most directly accountable to them.
Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president.
The Corker bill is a ploy to circumvent this constitutional roadblock. That is why our post-sovereign, post-constitutional president has warmed to it. Because it would require the president to submit any Iran deal to Congress, it is drawing plaudits for toughness. But like McConnell’s debt legerdemain, it’s a con job. Once the deal is submitted, Congress would have 60 days (or perhaps as few as 30 days) to act. If within that period both houses of Congress failed to enact a resolution of disapproval, the agreement would be deemed legally binding — meaning that the sanctions the Iranian regime is chafing under would be lifted.
As Corker, other Republican leaders, and the president well know, passage of a resolution of disapproval — even if assured in the House with its commanding Republican majority — could be blocked by the familiar, lockstep parliamentary maneuvering of just 40 Senate Democrats. More significantly, even if enacted in the Senate, the resolution would be vetoed by Obama. As with the resolutions of disapproval on debt increases, it is nearly inconceivable that Obama’s veto would be overridden.
…..Congress is supposed to make the laws we live under. It is the first branch of government, not a rubber-stamping Supreme Soviet.
Hell, every unconstitutional and unlawful action by Obama over the last 7 years has been rubber stamped by a partisan Dem-controlled Congress, and now, a Republican-controlled Congress afraid of bucking Barky for fear of being labeled “racist”, “uncooperative”, and “mean”.
The dicked-up GOP ‘leadership’ knows damned well that they’ll never trounce any tyrannical edict by Dear Leader.
Simply put, they don’t have the balls.