Judging from the reaction of the Left, Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran clearly struck a nerve. Never mind the hypocrisy of Democrats on this (anyone remember the “Dear Comandante” letter from House Dems to Sandinista dictator Danny Ortega back in 1984? Or just have a glance at the photo below, and remember that the guy on the left is the same guy in the room with Iranians right now). Curious, isn’t it, that Obama wants the imprimatur of Congress for a three-year battle plan against ISIS, but wants to bypass Congress completely on a 10-year weapons deal with Iran. Attacking ISIS is likely within his sole “commander-in-chief” powers, and in any case he could just rely on his Libya precedent of denying that he’s engaging in “hostilities” for purposes of the War Powers Act (which is unconstitutional anyway), while the “advise and consent of the Senate” clause on treaties seems to have fallen out of his pocket copy of the Constitution, which I just know Obama carries with him everywhere, right next to his Blackberry.
I recall also that Jimmy Carter briefly floated the idea in 1979 of concluding the SALT II Treaty with the Soviet Union also as an executive agreement instead of submitting it to the Senate, where it was in obvious trouble. The Senate, then with a decent Democratic majority (59 seats if I recall correctly), was not amused, and Carter quickly backed down. Times change I guess. Easy when you have the situational ethics of the Left.