No sooner had one sleazy Republican political stunt ended on Capitol Hill than another was hatched.
Bibi Netanyahu barely had time to grab his bags off of the luggage carousel in Tel Aviv (following his shameful political trip to the United States), when Republicans in Congress foisted another stunt onto the country in their never-ending attempts to usurp the power of the presidency. Unbelievably, this second affront appears to be even more traitorous than Boehner's invitation for Netanyahu to address Congress regarding the President's nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Freshman Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas felt compelled, having two full months of membership in the Senate under his belt, to write an open letter to the leaders of Iran letting them know that any agreement they strike with President Obama will eventually be derailed by Congress if Congress does not like the contents of that agreement. In other words, agree to whatever you want to, but we (Congress) will have the final say. In other words, you are just wasting your time and ours by negotiating with that black Kenyan Socialist Muslim in the White House.
A total of forty-seven United States Senators, all Republicans of course, signed the Cotton epistle. Now, a few days later, some of the signers are wondering openly why it has everyone so upset. Some Senate staffers are even saying that it was meant in a "light-hearted" vein.
Others, however are taking the letter from Senate Republicans to Iran's hardliner leadership far more seriously. Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, has gone so far as to refer to Senator Cotton as "Tehran Tom" on Twitter.
Seven Republican senators had the courage to not be pushed into an act of stupidity by the majority of their caucus. Kudos to Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. You seven stand tall as good Americans who understand and serve the Constitution of the United States.
And as to you other forty-seven Republican senators, the ones who blatantly sought to interfere with the executive branch's constitutional prerogative of negotiating foreign policy, perhaps it is time that you dusted off the Constitution and reviewed just what it is that you are supposed to be doing - and then do it - for a change!