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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thousands rally in New York to stop Iran, put Schumer on the spot

If you get your news solely from the New York Times, you may not know this, but thousands rallied in New York's Times Square on Wednesday night to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, some 10 thousand are rallying in solidarity with signs and voices raised against the nuclear deal.
Protest organizers proclaim: “Washington is prepared to give Iran virtually all that it needs to get to the bomb. To release $150 billion to Iran will result in the expansion of worldwide terror.”
The Stop Iran Rally Coalition — which claims to be a bi-partisan group — is also calling out Sen. Charles Schumer, saying he “has the votes as presumptive leader to override this deal….If this deal is not stopped, New York voters will know whom to blame.”
Sen. Schumer said in a statement Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to make a decision on the deal yet.
“I’ve read the agreement and I’m seeking answers to the many questions I have. Before I make a decision, I’m going to speak at length with experts on both sides,” the lawmaker said.
Schumer is on the spot.
For once, Schumer must choose. But the question is not only what choice will he make but also whether his attempts to keep his feet firmly planted in both the pro-Israel camp and that of the administration can possibly succeed.

Though the administration is seeking with the assistance of left-wing groups to promote the notion that the Iran deal is good for Israel that flimsy argument is deceiving no one. The pact grants Western approval for Iran’s status as a nuclear threshold state enriches it via the collapse of sanctions and provides few safeguards (a 24-day warning period for inspections makes promises about monitoring cheating a joke) against its eventual acquisition of a nuclear weapon once the deal expires. The deal will not only enable Iran to give more support for Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists but will assist Tehran’s goal of regional hegemony.
It is one thing for those whose support for Israel has always been secondary to their left-wing ideology or pro-Obama partisanship (such as the J Street lobby or the National Jewish Democratic Council) to endorse this brazen act of appeasement. For Schumer, a man who has staked his career on being the shomer (Hebrew for guardian) of Israel’s security in Congress, it would be a stunning betrayal that he would never live down.
I'd rather see Schumer make the right decision than squirm. But either way, he's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Being pro-Israel and a Democrat is not easy these days.
It may be that the administration will give Schumer a pass for voting against the deal provided that he ensures that other Democrats give the president the votes he needs. But Schumer must also know that his succession as minority leader may be threatened by a vote against Obama. The Senate may be the world’s most exclusive club, but it is entirely possible that his vote will be reason enough for some liberal colleague to challenge him. Any senator that does so will be counting on the active support of the party’s increasingly ascendant left wing that regards Schumer as an ally of Wall Street.
On the other hand, the cost of doing Obama’s bidding could be even higher for Schumer. New York has become a virtual one-party state and Schumer faced only token opposition from Republicans while gaining re-election in 2004 and 2010. But if he were to vote for the Iran deal, it would virtually guarantee that his 2016 re-election race would become very interesting if not competitive. While there is no obvious formidable challenger on the horizon, Schumer knows that the GOP wouldn’t have much difficulty finding one and that such a person would have no trouble raising all the money needed for a race that would become a referendum of Schumer’s possible betrayal of Israel on the Iran nuclear threat.
But the real problem for Schumer and other Democrats goes beyond the danger of alienating pro-Israel donors. Only those so blinded by their support for Obama fail to see that the Iran deal vote is one of those rare Congressional decisions that present a clear moral choice. If Schumer sticks with Obama, that may secure his future as the Democrats’ Senate leader. But if will come at the cost of his reputation as a defender of Israel and make his seat a lot less safe than it might otherwise be.
 And if he isn't reelected in 2016, he never will be the party leader in the Senate.

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At 6:27 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Micro analysis of Democrat after Democrat after Democrat.

Take a look at your FRIENDS.
Allen West, Republican, Friend of Israel (and America, BTW)


At 7:36 PM, Blogger Jamocha said...

Herr Schumer will do the "right thing" I.e. as the DemoKKKrat Party tells him to do.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Inland Coast said...

It won't stop the Terrorist in Chief at all....

At 9:58 PM, Blogger great Unknown said...

Schumer already made his decision: he wasn't at the rally.

BTW, Dov Hikind was just arrested while he was protesting the Iran deal - in front of Schumer's offices.

But don't worry: Schumer will keep fighting for the important Jewish issues: SSM, abortion, the morning-after pill. And of course, finding a cure for chicken flu, because that's driving up the cost of eggs and chicken soup.

And that's why Jews in NY keep voting D.

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Shumah will be Shumah. He'll canvas his caucus to confirm enough votes for the pres then he will vote against it..

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And don't forget, great Unknown, these Dems are running the endless Slavetrade Rape Operation up over the open southern border. Along with your list of SSM, crunchy abortion and organ harvesting... very very sick people.


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