If the deal does go down, those Democrats — in addition to Republicans — will also own the consequences that follow. As Brian Beutler recently explained, Republican opposition to the accord is build on a foundation of evasions about what they think we should do instead if and when Iran continues on the course to a nuke, and false promises about how they would secure the “better deal” they claim to envision. But Democrats who end up opposing the deal should also feel pressed to explain why they, too, are not trafficking in the same evasions and false promises.
Obviously it’s possible for lawmakers to sincerely believe that the consequences of killing the agreement won’t be as dire as supporters claim; or that the deal carries such severe long term risks that the near-term consequences of killing it don’t justify supporting it; or that there are plausible alternatives other than war. But Democrats who oppose the deal — as well as Republicans — should feel pressure to justify their opposition with real arguments along these lines, and should expect that whatever arguments they do make will be subjected to intense scrutiny and skepticism.
Here’s the question that every wavering Democrat and every Republican: “If you choose to reject the deal and go against the rest of the world, how much will you raise taxes and how many kids from your district are you willing to sacrifice to go to war with Iran at the behest of AIPAC, the Likud party, Netanyahu?”
One estimate (on the low side, IMHO) suggests 15,000 American deaths and 90,000 seriously injured. So what’s that, 35 dead per district? How many trillions will the VA need to service all these seriously wounded. That’s a pretty big bill in both blood and gold. So how ’bout it, Senator Schumer? How much are you willing to raise taxes to pay for this? What High School senior class of kids are you willing to look in the eye and say “Sorry, but three dozen of you need to die.”