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February 07, 2014 3:14 PM Wanting a Fight More Than a Win

By Ed Kilgore

Republican Senators have managed to get sideways with AIPAC on the Iran sanctions bill, as the powerful pro-Israel group conspicuously sided with Democratic cosponsor Robert Menendez as against 42 Republicans who earlier today released a letter to Harry Reid demanding an immediate vote. This is from the AIPAC statement:

We applaud Senator Menendez’s determined leadership on this issue and his authorship with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act. We agree with the Chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure. We remain committed to working with the Administration and the bipartisan leadership in Congress to ensure that the Iran nuclear program is dismantled.

I think it’s pretty safe to say Reid and Obama have won this round of skirmishing over Iran policy. Republicans clearly want a fight more than a win.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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