Yesterday during the GOP Debate Sen. Charles Schumer will oppose the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama Administration and today Schumer found out what happens when you oppose the President.
Activists and former top officials within the Obama administration are openly talking about whether Schumer’s stance disqualifies him from serving as the next Senate Democratic leader.
“This is a real and serious backlash, one that comes from deep within the Democratic Party’s base, and I think we’re only going to see it grow,” said Becky Bond, the political director for Credo Action.
In Liberal circles breaking ranks with the leader of the party is frowned upon, and reactions cane fast and furious.
“Chuck Schumer, who said it was a mistake to pass Obamacare, now comes out again the Iran Deal,” tweeted former White House speechwriter Jon Favreau. “This is our next Senate leader?”
Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he “profoundly disagrees” with the decision from Schumer and the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), to oppose the nuclear accord with Iran.
Former senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer suggested the New York senator’s decision could make it difficult for him to lead Democrats in the Senate.
The White House has been aggressively seeking Democratic support of the dealand the optics of losing the vote of one of the top leaders in the party has the Obama Administration concerned.
Not so much for passing the deal, but President Obama needs enough Democratic support to sustain a veto of a resolution to kill the deal. The deal faces almost unanimous opposition from Republicans.
Reportedly, 17,636 members of MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, have committed to withhold $8.3 million they would have contributed to Schumer and other Democrats who oppose the Iran deal.
Nick Berning, MoveOn’s communications director, said. “We want to demonstrate to those who haven’t made their decision yet that there will be substantial political consequences for those who want to take us to war.”