Democrats are pros when it comes to creating a narrative that points the finger at Republicans as disrespecting President Obama; and this latest scuffle over the Iran nuke talks are no different. Joe Biden, Josh Earnest and the liberal media have all expressed outrage at the 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to the leaders of Iran, reminding them that without Congressional approval there are no agreements of a nuclear plan on the table.
What Democrats and the media like to ignore is their history of going behind Republican presidents to make deals to benefit their party.
As Mark Levin points out, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in 2007 bypassed then Secretary of State Condi Rice when Pelosi tried creating her own diplomatic foreign policy with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Ms. Pelosi announced that she had delivered a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that “Israel was ready to engage in peace talks” with Syria, a claim the Prime Minister quickly denounced as a lie. Not only did Pelosi try to circumvent the Bush administration, but she also misrepresented Israel’s position with Syria, a stunt called by Prime Minister Olmert as “propaganda.”
Pelosi drew criticism by President Bush for her involvement, saying, “thanks to the speaker’s freelancing Mr. Assad was getting mixed messages from the United States”. Remember, just two weeks shy of this stunt Pelosi was busy ramming legislation through the House of Representatives that would strip Mr. Bush of his authority as Commander-in-Chief to manage troop movements in Iraq. Seems Democrats and the liberal media forgot about that bit of history.
Additionally, during the Reagan administration Senator Ted Kennedy tried to circumvent the President for political aspirations by involving himself in talks with the Soviet Union. Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times wrote about the letter Kennedy sent to Yuri Andropov, a high ranking Soviet official; Kennedy’s main purpose of the communication was to ask the Soviet Union for donations for his 1984 campaign against Reagan if he (Kennedy) was able to assist the Soviet Union in getting nuclear disarmament of the United States’ arsenal of weapons. Kennedy even offered Andropov “television appearances” to talk to the American people directly. The letter stated in part:
“A direct appeal … to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. … If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”
Democrats need reminders…Mark Levin was only happy to oblige.