They would be Democrats, of course. Even worse — Democrats who are boycotting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today. Remember their names:
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Monday that they will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to a joint session of Congress.
One day after President Barack Obama said he would veto any new sanctions against Iran, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Netanyahu to make his case to Congress against a nuclear deal. Boehner extended the invitation without first consulting the White House, a move seen by some as disrespectful to Obama. The administration has pushed back on the speech, calling Boehner’s invite a breach of protocol.
“I strongly support Israel, and I remain deeply concerned about the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon, which I discussed in detail with Prime Minister Netanyahu when we met in Jerusalem last November,” Warren said in a statement, according to the Boston Globe. “It’s unfortunate that Speaker Boehner’s actions on the eve of a national election in Israel have made Tuesday’s event more political and less helpful for addressing the critical issue of nuclear nonproliferation and the safety of our most important ally in the Middle East.”
In a statement earlier Monday, Franken described the speech as a “partisan spectacle.”
Well, Franken of all people ought to know a partisan spectacle when he sees one, since this disgraceful appartchik particpates in one every day via the Democrat caucus.
In all, some 56 Democrats are planning to give Bibi the finger:
Congressional Democrats are angry that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without first telling the White House. Obama has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during the visit because it will occur two weeks before Israeli elections are set to take place.
Democrats face a difficult decision on whether to attend the address. Many will want to show support for the White House but will be wary of snubbing the leader of an important U.S. ally.
Find the complete list here. Remember their names, and take appropriate action at the ballot box at the earliest possible opportunity.
Naturally, our punk president has already tried to rain on Netanyahu’s parade. As Kennedy once said of Nixon: no class.
You can watch the speech live here.