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In an interesting maneuver of uber-patriotic diplomacy, Senate Republicans have decided to go rogue and educate Iran on how does the U.S. Constitution work, and how “President” Obama is, like, barely even the president:

A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office. […]

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

That sure is subtle! We are old enough to remember a time when it was considered uncouth and un-American even for members of Congress to take it upon themselves to do diplomacy, because that is exclusively the realm of the president of the United States, at least when the president is white:

Ms. Pelosi was criticized by President Bush for visiting Damascus at a time when the administration — rightly or wrongly — has frozen high-level contacts with Syria. Mr. Bush said that thanks to the speaker’s freelancing Mr. Assad was getting mixed messages from the United States. Ms. Pelosi responded by pointing out that Republican congressmen had visited Syria without drawing presidential censure. That’s true enough — but those other congressmen didn’t try to introduce a new U.S. diplomatic initiative in the Middle East.

Ah, but that was back in 2007, when everything was different because everything was different, and besides, the Constitution is silent on how things work when the president is Barack Obama.

Besides, Arkansas tea party hero Sen. Tom Cotton, who rounded up the Gang of 47 to scribble their letter to “the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” wasn’t even around back in those days anyway, and he’s on a mission that is far more important than not undermining international negotiations or respecting the office of the president or the authority of his commander in chief:

“The end of these negotiations isn’t an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so speak,” Cotton said in January, speaking at a conservative conference hosted by the advocacy group Heritage Action for America.

See? Republicans are simply trying to undermine the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran, because that’s their job now, since “President” Obama obviously has no authority and he’ll be gone soon anyway, so pay no attention to the man in the Oval Office. (Unless that man is a white Republican, Q.E. Motherfucking D.)

Cotton is a newbie to the Senate, but he’s wasted no time dazzling everyone with his impressive logic. Like that time he explained in February that it is impossible the existence of Guantanamo Bay could inspire our enemies to do terrorism to us, because of how all our enemies are already locked up there anyway, which is why we don’t even worry about terrorism anymore, or something, who knows? Sen. Cotton is A Idiot.

But Sen. Cotton and his fellow Republicans think it is important for Iran to know that they’re going to be in office a lot longer than President Obama, so don’t go making any deals with that usurper, because once they repeal him and get a real president in there, they can just bomb the crap out of Iran anyway, and revoke any “deals” Iran might make with the current “president.”

That’s some stellar diplomacy right there. Excellent logic, Republicans. As usual.

[Bloomberg View/WaPo/HuffPo/Image via Pete Souza]

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  • CalvinianChoice

    Can’t they just go back to repealing the ACA and impeaching the president?

  • MsAnthropesMr

    Well, there is the fact that it was written on a napkin in non-toxic crayon, so the chances of Iran taking it seriously are slim.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    None Dare Call It Derp.

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Iran also got a phone call from Rachel from Cardholder Services telling them they could reduce the interest rate on their Master Card.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Rachel calls you, too? I thought she was my special gal.

  • SmokinGood

    Ha. I doubt any diplomats from non-white countries need any reminders vis-a-vis the USA’s faithful and honorable adherence to all treaty obligations.

  • I think that, by Republican math, he’s only about 3/5ths of a president…

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Executive orders might be enough to shut down homeland security, but poor little Iran shouldn’t get it’s knickers in a knot over them.

  • No one’s said it yet here, but….

    No, this is not treason. That crime is defined in Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, and it consists “only of levying war against [the U.S.] or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

    We are not at war with Iran. Indeed the P5+1 negotiations are an effort to prevent a war with Iran. So Iran is not our “enemy,” in the meaning of Article III, Section 3.

    What these 47 Senate Republicans did is reprehensible, disrespectful, and might (possibly) violate the Logan Act or some other U.S. statute. But it is not “treason.”

    • SmokinGood

      In their minds we have always been at war with Iran, and as the Supreme Court has established, if a critical mass of them think something is true hard enough, then that thing becomes a legal fact.

    • Gristle McThornbody

      Sedition? Shit, nope, I just looked it up.

      AHA!! Subversion. Not that it does any good to know what they did, but if they were to be prosecuted, that might be the one that would hang them.

    • atlantaspike

      18 US Code Section 953: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

      • Yes, that’s the Logan Act. Members of Congress routinely communicate with foreign leaders and attempt to influence them on a variety of issues, and the Logan Act usually doesn’t apply. It might apply here, however.

      • RevZafod

        Surely there are 47 empty cells at Gitmo, available for the next three years, no?

  • Eric Bacon

    The Republican senators that signed that letter should be considered a national security threat. This is unheard of.

  • MrBlobfish

    How did we ever deal with the Soviet Union?

    • tomamitai

      By propping them up as long as we could to justify spending billions on weapons instead of programs that would lift up the poor?

    • Reddishrabbit

      I believe the lilly liver Democrats and RINO’s just rolled over until St. Reagan finally tore down the Berlin Wall by firing the air traffic controllers.

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        WOLVERINES! Also, Too.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Yippy ki yay, motherfuckers.

  • tomamitai

    Does the Logan act apply to members of Congress?

    “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without
    authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or
    carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government
    or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures
    or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof,
    in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or
    to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

  • Blueb4sunrise

    So the House elects Bibi President, then Senate advises Iran on their treaties. Is this gonna be on the citizenship test?

  • smashedinhat

    So there is a POTUS because of what now?

  • Ikimizi

    Dear World,
    Future US Presidents and Congresses may change their minds about pretty much anything, so you should probably not believe a damn thing they agree to today.

    • Blank Ron

      We already know that, thanks.

      – the world

      • Fun with Cthulhu

        Are you by any chance Captain Ronald Obvious?

        • Blank Ron

          You couldn’t tell from the avatar thingy?
          Oh, right, I used the pony one…

  • Squirrels05

    So, now we can all indulge in treason?

    • Blank Ron

      Only if you’re a white male Republican. If you aren’t, everything you do is already treason anyway and not allowed.

    • Msgr_Moment

      If this be treason, get your yayas out.

  • cousin itt

    I thought at least the Senate GOP were the grownups. Guess they all lived in the Oklahoma SAE House.

  • Mavenmaven

    “this letter paid for by Haliburton”

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    If they really wanted to make their point, they would have also explained how gerrymandering and voter ID laws work.

    • tomamitai

      They can’t explain shit, they just sign what their masters, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and AIPAC, put in front of them.

  • Sheepshagger

    Backed by the full faith and credit of the worlds greatest deliberative body…….
    PSYCH!!

  • Spotts1701

    299 U.S. 304, suckers.

    “It is important to bear in mind that we are here dealing not alone with an authority vested in the President by an exertion of legislative power, but with such an authority plus the very delicate, plenary and exclusive power of the President as the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations–a power which does not require as a basis for its exercise an act of Congress, but which, of course, like every other governmental power, must be exercised in subordination to the applicable provisions of the Constitution.”

    The President makes foreign policy. If the GOP wishes to express their displeasure, they may do so by refusing to ratify whatever treaty occurs or by passing a resolution stating their objections. They don’t get to freelance as psuedo-Secretaries of State.

    • Smibo

      The President makes foreign policy. If the GOP wishes to express their displeasure, they may do so by refusing to ratify whatever treaty occurs or by passing a resolution stating their objections. They don’t get to freelance as psuedo-Secretaries of State.

      Well and succinctly stated, Spotts; I am going to steal/paraphrase that in my strongly-worded letter to Marco Stupido, co-signer of that letter and (sadly) one of my two Senators.

      I would encourage all Wonketeers whose Senators are among the signers of that odious writ of non fildelis to do the same. Spare not the withering ridicule, nor the characteristically devastating sarcasm for which our beloved (and un-allowed) Wonkette commenters are famous.

      Oh, maybe CC the editorial board of your local fish-wrapper too. Methinks perhaps the most effective way to burn down the Gee-Oh-Teepee is to make people laugh at them for being idiots.

      • Smibo

        Okay, here’s my first draft (h/t to Spotts1701 above, and JMPesq below, for paraphrased verbage). I’m going to sleep on it, and (hopefully) edit something humorous into it in the morning. Suggestions welcome.

        An Open Letter to the Right Honorable Senator, Marco Rubio:

        Dear Senator Rubio,

        I am writing to thank you for signing, along with 46 of your Senate colleagues, freshman Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter of March 9th to the “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, who, judging by the response from (Iranian Foreign Minister) Dr. Javad Zarif, (look it up) have a more accurate understanding of how international diplomacy actually works than all 47 of you put together.

        Your attempt to usurp executive authority and undermine international efforts to avert yet another major war is, apparently, a proud tradition among the GOP, dating back almost half a century, to when then-presidential-candidate Nixon secretly torpedoed then-President Johnson’s efforts to reach a peace agreement between North and South Vietnam in 1968. Similarly, in 1980 then-presidential-candidate Reagan pressed the Iranian government to prevent them from releasing the American hostages until then-President Carter was out of office. So I guess we were overdue for yet another seditious stunt from yet another disloyal Gee-Oh-Pee politician with dreams of oval office grandeur.

        Here’s the thing, Senator; our constitution tasks our executive branch with responsibility for conducting foreign affairs. In short, simple terms, the President makes foreign policy, not you. If the GOP-controlled Congress wishes to express their disagreement, they may do so by refusing to ratify any treaty which may result from negotiations by the executive branch, or by passing a resolution stating their objections. You guys do not get to moonlight as pretend-Secretaries of State, no matter how badly you may want to.

        So yes, thank you. Not for your crass attempt to continue your party’s feckless tradition of undermining the good-faith efforts of an executive from “the other” party, nor for your adolescent level of understanding the real world of foreign diplomacy, but rather for exposing to the electorate just how dangerous it was to let you kids anywhere near Washington, D.C. in the first place. You may have tried to poison the negotiations with Iran, but with any luck, you will have succeeded only in blowing up your own career in politics, which would be the best thing you could possibly have done for America.

        Sincerely, your constituent,

        Smibo

        • willi0000000

          start with paragraph three or they’ll never read as far as the real argument.

  • JMPesq

    Considering how Nixon secretly pushed the South Vietnamese government in order to undermine the peace deal Johnson attempted to negotiate in 1968, and Reagan pressed the Iranian government to prevent them from releasing the American hostages until Carter was out of office, this kind of seditious bullshit has a long, proud history in the GOP.

    • OooShiny

      That history lesson right there needs to be flashing on a Jumbotron in D.C. and in front of the eyes of every Reagan corpse-humping, self-anointed “True Christian Patriot” in the country.

      • Smibo

        I second that motion. Including it in my letter as referenced above.

    • Biff52

      They used to be a bit more secretive about it, though.

  • TheBidenator

    Well I knew as soon as the GOP got done sucking Netanyahu’s dick conga-style they were going to do something petty and stupid like write this letter. I encourage Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, et. al to volunteer to go off and fight any war they cause with Iran so they can keep sucking Bibi’s (or as I now call him, Israeli Cheney) shriveled lil’ dick but they’d just Nuge their pants. Wars aren’t for the people who start them, they are for the people bound by law to fight them…and might I close with a call to send Tom Cotton and the other 47 geniuses a bag of salted, pickled rat dicks while thanking them for the slogan, “Don’t want another idiotic war? Vote Democrat!” for 2016.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with the nigger currently squatting in the White House that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by the white male members in Congress, especially the ones wearing the white sheets with pointy hats, is a mere bullshit agreement,” the senators wrote. “As soon as there is a white man back in the White House, who will be a real president under our version of the Constitution, we will revoke your deal with the halfrican. ”

    fixed

  • schmannity

    Why didn’t they offer to sell arms to Iran in return for secret funding of some counter insurgency? I thought that was how GOPenis diplomacy worked.

    • BoatOfVelociraptors

      Don’t forget the Taliban Mujaheddin, Saddam, and McCain posing with the ISIS

  • whatwhomever

    Whaddaya mean they’re not supporting the president’s foreign policy? Their president is Bibi Netenyahu, the guy they just invited to give the state of the union speech before congress. It was very well received by all accounts.

  • My good lord.. SO now the GOTea in the Senate, (all but 7 of them) write and signed a letter to Iranian leaders WARNING them to not make a deal with THIS President.. wow.. just wow.. These guys just HATE the USA.. It’s all I can figure.. If the Democrats would of sent a letter to China when Nixon went over, WARNING the Chinese that the negotiations were only as good as who is in office, the nation would of been in an uproar.. What the hell is WRONG with the ‘patriots’> ?

  • chicken thief

    Dear 47:

    Thank you for your correspondence but we will wait to hear from the more mature members of your government.

    Sincerely,

    The Iranian Leadership

  • gullywompr

    They’re so cute when they grandstand. You’d think they’d realize by now that Bamz is just going to slap the dicks out of their mouths again just like all the other times they grandstood. Dumbnesses…

  • HarryButtle

    Time for Barry to kick some ass. Frog march the whole lot up to the Washington Memorial and have them all executed.

    • Nice thought, but Barry only kicks liberal asses.

      O.K., some whistle-blowers, too.
      ~

    • On what charge, exactly? I agree this ‘open letter’ is irresponsible, disrespectful, and reprehensible. But it’s probably not illegal.

      Yes, it violates the Logan Act, but no one has ever been prosecuted for that, in 200+ years. (Yes, the Logan Act really is that old; it was enacted in during the Adams administration.) What’s more, the ‘open letter’ is probably protected by the Article I, Section 6 Speech & Debate Clause. And no, it’s not treason as defined in Article III, Section 3.

      And yes, all of that is frustrating. It feels like this should be a crime. But it isn’t.

      • cessnadriver

        They will all say that the e-mail thing is treason while being perfectly legal while hiding behind the “what we did was perfectly legal!” canard themselves.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Yeah, I have to agree. It should be illegal, but it isn’t. It’s incredibly shameful, though.

        • HogeyeGrex

          Which matters very little to people without any shame.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        There is not a chance in life that I would ever be in this position, but If I were president, I would send my VP over to see Sen. Fuckmouth. I would “advise” him that his signature on the letter is a death warrant for his career and unless he announces his decision to rescind, we start closing military bases in his state under the powers of the Commander in Chief, in 7 days. Permanent closures. Pull up stakes and demolish the whole things in 30 days. After that the VP would go visit Sen. Turdbrains. Same message. They don’t have to love you but they must fear you. Naked use of power is the only thing that gets that kind of respect from stupid half ass bullies.

  • Blank Ron

    Bibi’s gotta be pissed that these maroons are fucking up the orders he specifically gave them last week.

  • Flashman

    Also, (true) President Reagan would like his arms back, if you’re done with them.

    • Paperless Tiger

      IDF said they found some of them in Lebanon, last time they came to call.

  • chicken thief

    Now that they are on a roll, actually doin’ stuff and shit, for their next “Open Letter of The Obvious” the Gang of 47 plan to issue a statement that water continues to be wet and regular oil changes prolong the life of your engine.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Floss Every Day and Use Sun Screen Act of 2015. White Teeth/White Skin Act. Or just WhiteyAct, for short.

  • Steverino247

    So, let’s say Iran agrees to completely open inspections to ensure their nuclear program remains peaceful (as they claim it to be now) and gives us everything we could want in an agreement. These assholes still won’t be happy.

    The President should openly demand to know exactly what it is they would agree to and to put it In writing and that it be signed by all 47 of these assholes. And demand it on his desk by noon tomorrow. They won’t be able to do it and will look like the poo-flinging monkeys they are.

  • OooShiny

    Could someone possibly maybe slip congressional Teathugs a note that their going around a sitting President to tell a vile and heinous theocracy that whatever our President does is meaningless and that they’re gonna erase it as soon as he leaves actually makes Congress look stupid and weak and treasonous?

  • retiredeng

    The GOP wants war with every foreign country. Canada should be quaking in its boots.

    • cessnadriver

      If the US thought the Iraqi insurgency was bad, a Canadian insurgency would be hell.

  • Zippy

    it’s becoming more and more apparent that the GOP is so far gone in their delusional Lord of the Flies fantasies that we are quickly reaching the point where the only thing these clowns understand is raw power- it may be time to punch them in the teeth, not necessarily with votes. After the group blow job for Bibi and now this BS, it’s obvious that they’ve dropped any pretense of civility or decency. Time for an electoral ass kicking- pound them into oblivion. Trouble is- we’ve ceded far too much ground. Americans collectively are a stupid lot who respond positively to brute force without needing to know details like what the issue actually is, so many of them are quite enamored with the GOP’s blatant disrespect of POTUS and this country is turning ominously fascist. Liberals have spent far too much time trying to get along and playing nice with people who disdain compromise and only respect power. You want to win the LIV undecideds? Kick McTurtle and the Orangemen so hard they don’t know what hit them. Until liberals learn the art of playing hardball they will continue to be right on the issues yet continue to lose at the ballot box. And tell those Third Way asshats and the feckless beltway media to fuck right the hell off when they launch into their patented case of the vapors and pearl clutching the moment we treat the GOP the same way they treat us.

    • Fun with Cthulhu

      Preach, brother Pinhead, preach!

      • cessnadriver

        I want the Democrats who showed up for the DNC in 2012. THEY had balls.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Afuckingmen!!

  • Enfant Terrible

    If the 47 want war so bad, why don’t they go ahead and invade Iran?

  • MrBlobfish

    I told you guys not to let Sen. Cotton near the box of crayons.

    • dimplasm

      I think we should send him to deal with ISIS/ISIL and Iran. We could drop his overly confident swaggering pin-headed, pin-wormed self in and let him use his fabulously glorious negotiating skills.

  • Tom Terrific

    Why aren’t those T-Party traitors, not up against heavily pock-marked wall ?

  • dimplasm

    I would apologize for Tom Cotton, but I didn’t vote for him. He’s crazy as fuck.

  • Paperless Tiger

    The Republicans want Iran to talk to their real boss, Sheldon Adelson, not some quaint President elected by the commoners people.

  • mfp

    these mothafuckas….these 47 gawdam mothafuckas…..bust ’em all and frog-march ’em into the nearest shithole on charges of violating the logan act…J-F-C, obama, please grow a set o nuts on this one and slap these fuckers down for once

    • cessnadriver

      Sadly, Senators have to be disciplined by the Senate, which will never happen with this bunch of America-hating thugs.

      • mfp

        right…which is why eric holder should personally head the FBI doorbuster gang that goes down there and yanks every one o those pricks by the hair, knocks ’em to the floor, cuffs ’em, and marches their stupid sedtious asses off to federal lockup til they make bail

  • FauxAntocles

    Gimme a “T”, gimme an “R”, gimme “E-A-S-O-N”, what’s that spell?

    • NotALiar

      That’s what I was about to say. Just once I want to see some action taken against these rat fuckers.

    • anniegetyerfun

      Bloomberg had a lovely little write-up today on the topic that was, all, “Nah, it’s not really treason. Also, lots of Republicans think that the President is treasonous for cutting defense spending.”
      No, seriously, they published that.

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        Sequester says what?

  • Gleem-McShinez

    Why didn’t they also notify Iran that at any moment, real soon, probably, the Government of the USA might be completely overthrown by Tea-Party Patriots, and any and all former treaties and agreements might just be null and void, because shut up, it might happen.

  • Gleem-McShinez

    “Dear Iran,

    We actually totally have your interests in mind, so we’re totally honestly not trying to simply fuck up negotiations, or anything, in order to damage this President in any way we can, so really, you should listen to our advice, which is honest and true and not at all a partisan stunt.

    Signed,

    Totally Honest Folks Who Totally Would Offer You Important Timely Information For Honest Reasons”

  • cessnadriver

    The letter is condescending on it’s face. The Iranians know more about the US Constitution than entire repig Senate compliment.

    • The GOP learned everything they need to know about how the Constitution works from that “I’m Just a Bill” cartoon. They hum the song all the time. (They can’t remember most of the words.)

  • Gleem-McShinez

    Dear Iran,

    Remember when Jimmy Carter was running for his second term, and you did that little favor for Republicans, when they asked you to hold onto those hostages just a little bit longer, in order to make Carter lose his re-election, and help Reagan get elected?

    Yeah, this open letter by Republicans is almost exactly like that again. With one exception: this time The Republicans don’t really have much of a shot at winning the White House, so you really should consider anything that they are telling you through any back-channels and open letters to be about as substantial as, say, the sufferings of intestinal gas after one has eaten so many American Cheeseburgers — noxious, smelly, and comprised entirely of shit-vapor.

    What I am saying is definitely you should not expect any under-the-table arms deals like you got from Reagan, way back when, for doing as any Republicans suggest.

    With Love,

    People of The USA Who Stand Against The Ratfuckers Who Fuck Rats

  • Just because the GOP Congress is operating on a 3rd grade educational level doesn’t mean every country’s government is.

  • And then Senator Cotton met with some defense contractors.

    • dimplasm

      What? Say it isn’t so…Grifting Grifter isn’t doing this for the good of the country? What? Lining up a proper pocket lining? I am crushed.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        “Your winnings, sir.”

    • Zippy

      you didn’t really expect him to wait until they mailed the check to him, did you? after what they’ve done to the post office?

    • BoatOfVelociraptors

      Mongers gonna mong.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Just last week we were told how terrible Iran is, what a deceitful, untrustworthy, war thirsty bunch of not-Christian and not Jew losers they are and that they would not abide by any agreement they made. Now, we are informed by Idiots Incorporated, aka the Republican Senate, that they intend to do the very same thing, i.e., break the terms of our agreement the first chance they get. Fucking losers.

  • SnarkOff

    Shorter: Republicans want to get into a nuclear war with Iran.

    • dimplasm

      Shorter, Republicans want to line their pockets with war money.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Republicans want to line their pockets with Adelson’s money.

        FIFY

        • H0mer0

          I was thinking that myself, like Adelson put them up to it, denying them the precious unless they do as he said (I wuz gonna make a reference to the Seinfeld “Soup N@z!” but I didn’t want to invoke Godwin’s Law yet.

  • dimplasm
  • Eykis

    Iranian Foreign Minister told the Repigs to fuck off while schooling them on international law:

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/iran-foreign-minister-gives-gop-senators

    BEAUTIFUL!

    • dimplasm

      It was soooooo good.

  • Spork

    Sen. Cotton’s mission is to make Barack Obama a one term president, apparently.

    • dimplasm

      I’m hoping it’s to make Tom Cotton a forgotten laughingstock in the near future.

  • alnnc

    Instead of term limits, I think that all new members of Congress should be in probationary status and not be allowed to vote on bills or make any comments for their first year. If you are backed by the Tea Party, this probationary period should be extended until the voters kick them out of office.

  • addison_da_wit

    Nice to see that the message was conveyed in the form of a letter, thereby allowing Miss Lindsey to remain an e-mail virgin.

    • Mark Fey

      His virtue is intact!

  • Vienna Woods

    The amazing thing is that 7 of them didn’t sign. WTF, RINOS??

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      They’re not ALL idiots, although it does seem that way most of the time.

  • CJR

    Iran’s response:
    Iran reacted with scorn. “In our view, this
    letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy,” Javad
    Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said in a statement. “It is very
    interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no
    agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid
    even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional
    methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.”

    • dimplasm

      He pretty much tore them a new one. Made their plan of looking like asses on the world stage come to fruition.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      It’s hard to see how much more contempt they should have shown for the Forty-Seven Honorable Nitwits short of telling them to fuck off. It is probably time to resurrect the Dubya-era phrase “Mayberry Machiavellis” to describe them.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      So they figured out it was propaganda? Amazing.
      Not that it ever occurred to the Repugnicans, but the fact that it was signed by one party only might have been a subtle tell.

  • dimplasm

    Tom Cotton would be embarrassed if he knew how stupid he really is, but alas, he hasn’t a clue:

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/iran-foreign-minister-gives-gop-senators

    The rest of the world knows, however.

  • dshwa

    When I first heard this, I had a vision of a dimly lit room, with a bunch of diplomats sitting in high backed leather chairs, brandy snifters in one hand and cigars in the other, looking wide eyed at each other until one voice said softly to the group in a thick European accent “What ze everliving fuck are those eediots thinking?”

  • dshwa

    And in summary, they hate Obama so much that they’re willing to destroy the credibility of the United States as a negotiating partner not just for now but for decades to come. Who’s going to ever trust us to keep a deal now?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Does Nate Silver have a projected date for the GOP becoming extinct?

      • dshwa

        With the bunch of religious kooks in parts of the country who think these idiots speak with God’s voice and are doing his will we’re probably stuck with them for a while. There’s no act they can commit loathsome enough that 30% of the country won’t still vote for them.

  • Zippy
  • SuperMatt

    I have read that the Senators’ actions could be considered a violation of the Logan act, a felony punishable by a fine and 3 years of prison time.

    • Virginia Dreaming

      Could they serve their time in Gitmo, perhaps being anally hydrated with tex-mex food?

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Does a ghost pepper puree qualify as “Tex-Mex”?

  • RevZafod

    I never thought I’d have a good word to say about any of these, but here it is:

    Republican Sens. Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, Dan Coats,
    Thad Cochran, Susan Collins and Bob Corker didn’t sign the letter. Gitmo for the rest.

  • Virginia Dreaming

    How sad is it that an Iranian official has to tell 47 US senators that they don’t understand their own constitution!

  • fratdawgg23

    After sending this letter to Iran, Cotton is meeting with defense contractors later in the week.

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/09/upon-launching-effort-scuttle-iran-deal-senator-tom-cotton-meets-defense-contractors/

  • VirginiaLady

    Diplomacy? We don’t need no stinking diplomacy!

  • Nuke90210

    Lawsuit.exe is loading…

  • DahBoner

    IRAN: Can we speak to Mr. Obama?

    REPUBLICANS: (Lowering voice) Yeah, I was just out at my hip hop bar b que. What’s up, baby?

  • Jags

    Current President is a Terrorist sitting in the Oval Office!!!

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