Iran Deal Passes Final Hurdle: 41 Votes

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The Iran deal has now passed its final hurdle:

Three Democratic senators announced Tuesday they will vote in support of the nuclear deal with Iran….[This] mean 41 senators are now publicly backing the deal, enough to keep a disapproval resolution from emerging from the Senate and making its way to President Obama’s desk and forcing a veto.

So there you have it. Democrats will filibuster the resolution of disapproval and it will die quietly in the Senate. Not only will the agreement go into force, but no veto will be required from Obama. The losers here are AIPAC, Republicans, and Benjamin Netanyahu—and deservedly so. They had a chance to play a constructive role, but chose not to. Now they have to pay the piper.

UPDATE: Several people have pointed out that although 41 Democrats have said they’ll vote to support the deal, they haven’t all said they’ll support a filibuster. My guess is they will, since there’s not much point in doing otherwise, but we’ll see.

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