You know the #47Traitors are getting some serious blowback when they resort to this for an excuse:
Republican aides were taken aback by what they thought was a lighthearted attempt to signal to Iran and the public that Congress should have a role in the ongoing nuclear discussions. Two GOP aides separately described their letter as a â€œcheekyâ€ reminder of the congressional branchâ€™s prerogatives.
â€œThe administration has no sense of humor when it comes to how weakly they have been handling these negotiations,â€ said a top GOP Senate aide.
Yes, the Senate is a joke, but not a funny one.
Added a Republican national security aide, â€œThe Senate should have a role. It would make any agreement have some sort of consistency and perpetuity beyond the president. And it would also be buy-in for the American people. Right now itâ€™s just an agreement between the President of the United States and whoever the final signatory to the agreement is.â€
Last night Jon Stewart pointed out thatÂ “Ronald Reagan, peace be upon him, signed over 1,500 executive agreements, including a nuclear deal with China and a hostage deal with â€” oh, how do I pronounce this? â€” Iran.” It may be that the executive agreement thing is something a sober and less acrimonious Senate might review and clarify, along with war powers, someday in the future when we have a sober and less acrimonious Senate. Assuming that day comes.
In the meantime, perhaps it would help if we all regarded the Senate, and of course the House too, as a kind of legislative embodiment of The Onion.
Update: See Annie Lauri