President Obama is facing a growing insurrection on Capitol Hill over Iran sanctions legislation, with one source telling Fox News the bill is attracting a “flood” of support and another lawmaker vowing to muscle through the legislation with a veto-proof majority if necessary.
The momentum comes a day after 26 senators, half of them Democrats, introduced Iran legislation in defiance of the administration — the bill threatens new sanctions if Tehran does not hold up its end of a newly struck nuclear deal.
The president criticized those lawmakers in a year-end press conference on Friday, claiming they were just trying to “look tough.”
But the legislation could pose a serious challenge to the administration, which warns that even the introduction of such a bill could imperil ongoing nuclear talks. Though the White House has threatened to veto, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News he’s looking to gather enough senators — 67 — to override.
Think of it as preparing the battlespace for the post-2014 fight on Obamacare. If they can summon up the balls to reject Obama’s phony attempt to suck up to the Iranian Mullahs with a veto-proof bipartisan majority (and the Iran treaty doesn’t really threaten Democrats with their home constituencies), then it won’t seem so strange or difficult to do the same thing when the chips are down on the bloody floor after 2014 with Obamacare.