Labor Day weekend – the chance for Coloradans to tune out the world and spend some quality time with family in the great outdoors, oblivious to all news events, and completely unaware of anything important that U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will do today. Like, for example, declare his support for Obama’s controversial deal with Iran.
Not to bury the lede, but, Bennet announced today that he will support the Iran deal.
Is there anybody out there reading this? Are we the only ones still in the office today working?
Bennet’s calculated holiday weekend announcement to come clean on his voting intentions that we predicted a week ago is straight from the Clinton administration playbook.
And, so desperate was he to avoid being labeled as the deciding vote, he waited until after a senator from Maryland not running for reelection announced that she would take the hit as the final Democratic vote needed for Obama’s plan to win.
From the Denver Post:
By coming forward now, Bennet still is able to register his support while avoiding the political fallout that comes with being the “deciding” vote, a label that was used to great effect in past elections to target Senate backers of the Affordable Care Act.
Which is why Bennet’s roll-out of a new legislative package that includes funding for Israeli security is also significant. Several major Jewish organizations and donors — including past Bennet supporters — have made clear they oppose the Iran deal.
In a shameless attempt to have his cake and eat it too, Bennet is trying to soften the blow to the only constituency he cares about, his fundraisers. He’s pledged to sponsor legislation that would do what Obama’s deal claims to accomplish, but does not, and it has little chance of passage.
Supporters or the Iran deal are lauding Bennet as courageous for taking a tough stand alongside a Democratic president this holiday weekend.
However, we think the apt word is cowardice.