While many within the GOP continue to publicly support the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to Iran, I get the feeling that more than just a few are regretting their decision to put their names to that now infamous letter – especially considering what an embarrassment it’s turned out to be for their party. This entire situation really couldn’t have backfired much worse for the GOP.
Well, it managed to get a little worse on Sunday when Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, someone who’s almost always on the conservative side of things, agreed with The New Yorker editor David Remnick’s assessment that this letter was an unprecedented show of disrespect toward a president by members of Congress.
“If you read the text of the letter, it is the most condescending, infantile text assuming that the leaders of Iran, whatever you may think of them, and there’s a lot on the record to think terribly of them, that somehow, that they have no idea what the American system is all about,” Remnick said. “It’s an absurd comical exercise.”
Remnick was alluding to the fact that in the letter, these Republican senators tried to “explain” how international treaties work, arrogantly assuming that Iranian leaders needed it explained to them.
“I think that letter was horrific,” Van Susteren replied.
“It end runs the president, which I think is terrible,” she continued. “I think they could have achieved the same goal without sending a letter becoming pen pals with the leadership of Iran.”
You know it’s pretty bad when fairly prominent personalities on Fox News are calling out the Republican party for acting foolishly. And while Van Susteren has shown that she’ll call Republicans out from time to time, more often than not she falls in-line with the right-wing propaganda that’s often pushed on American’s most watched conservative entertainment network.
But this is what happens when you let propaganda start to influence policy. It’s like I’ve said before, it’s one thing to run campaigns on ridiculous propaganda, but you can’t govern by it.
To be honest, that’s been the biggest problem with the Republican party since the ascension of the tea party several years back. There was a time when these people were relegated to conspiracy websites and fringe groups that nobody took seriously, because they’re not people who should be taken seriously. These types of radicals don’t operate on the same plane of reality as the rest of us. Yet, with the rise of the tea party, they’ve now been given a voice within one of the two largest political parties in this country.
Which is why it’s no surprise that the architect of this letter to Iran was a tea party favorite, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
So, while it doesn’t happen often, it’s nice to occasionally see a Fox News personality calling out Republicans for some of their asinine behavior.
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