Edward Packard

September 5, 2015

The Iran Nuclear deal is tremendously controversial. Most thoughtful and informed observers think it will lower the chances of Iran developing nukes and improve Israel's security. Others disagree, and there are some influential people who vehemently disagree.

This bit of history in the making has produced an interesting phenomenon:
1. Nearly everyone agrees that the issue is of vital importance for national security. For that reason nearly everyone agrees (or would say they would agree) that one's position should be based on whether one thinks the deal is a wise one or not: A matter of such high importance transcends party loyalty.
2. More Americans favor the deal than oppose it.
3. According to a recent poll, among American Jews, a class of people who are known to have more than average concern for Israel's security, more people favor the deal than oppose it.
4. One would think it a reasonable conjecture, based on these facts, that more Republicans would favor the deal than oppose it, or that at least a sizable minority of Republicans would support it and not oppose it.
5. Except possibly for Senator Collins, of Maine, who I read has not yet taken a position on it, not a single Republican among the 301 Republican members of Congress favors the deal. (Source: Roger Cohen; op-ed article 9-3-2015 New York Times.)

Question: What does this say about Republicans?

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