As we recently noted, we’ve reached a strange state of political affairs when the definition of “success” in the Obama Era is reduced to scraping together a 1/3 minority of either chamber of Congress to salvage an executive accord with the terrorist state of Iran.
With clear majorities in both the House and the Senate already opposed to the accord, and an overwhelming majority of Americans also opposed, Obama’s remaining hope is that he can convince 1/3 of either house to stick with him. Should that occur, expect another one of his tawdry “victory” dances afterward.
According to the latest tally from The Washington Post, however, even achieving that 1/3 minority level of support is in jeopardy. In the House, 290 votes are required to override an Obama veto of a resolution rejecting the accord. The Post confirms that “all 246 House Republicans are expected to vote against the deal,” with 18 Democrats either already against the deal or leaning against the deal, for a total of 264. With 82 Democrats either for the deal or leaning toward favoring it, that means only 26 of 88 undeclared Democrats are needed to reach the veto override threshold.
In the Senate, meanwhile, 67 votes are required to override an Obama veto. The Post calculates that “56 Senators – including all Republicans plus two Democrats (Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.)) – are either overtly against the pact or presumed foes.” According to its estimate, 31 Democrats are either on record supporting the agreement or leaning that way, leaving 13 undecided.
Persuading 11 of that remaining 13 to do the right thing rather than march in lockstep with a president who will be out of office in little more than one year will be an uphill climb. Each day, however, brings new disturbing revelations regarding the mechanics of the accord, including this week’s news that Iran will essentially be allowed to self-report on its nuclear activities. That drip, drip, drip only makes support for Obama’s deal less defensible, and increases the justification for rejecting this dangerous capitulation.