In Huge Blow to Obama, Menendez Comes Out Against Iran Nuke Deal and His Own Indictment

As I complained about at Lunch Buffet, this is a really slow news day, and so this lede from the Free Bacon made me smile:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) came out against the recently inked Iran deal on Tuesday and said he would vote to reject it, dealing a major blow to the White House, which has been aggressively lobbying key Democrats to support the accord.

“I have looked into my own soul and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it,” Menendez said in a major address Tuesday afternoon, according to an advance copy of the text obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

I probably had the same reaction to Menendez’ “major address” as you did: Is he just now coming out against the deal? He’s been preemptively opposed to it for as long as–I don’t know, maybe Bibi Netanyahu. I’m sure the “look into my own soul” didn’t take long, and I’m not casting aspersions on his fine reputation for ethical behavior.

But this tells you a lot about the Free Bacon’s capacity for shameless spin. Indeed, it’s a “major blow.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.