How Can Republicans Out-Do Scott Walker’s “Day One” Pledge on the Iran Nuke Deal?That's a tough one -- and you know it's tough because the best Ted Cruz has come up with so far is the same pledge:
Here’s a puzzler for you: we all know the next week will feature a competition among the 35 or 52 or however many Republicans are considering a 2016 presidential run as to who can say the most irresponsible things about the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran that just got a big step closer to reality yesterday. But how are they going to outdo Scott Walker’s pledge, initially made last week and then repeated like a terroristic threat, that he’d blow up any such deal on his first day as president? I mean, I guess someone could say they’d shout insults at Tehran during their Election Night victory party, or during their nomination acceptance speech call on the Israelis to launch a unilateral military strike. But in terms of official action, Day One is as good as it gets. If I’m wrong, I shudder to think what might be worse.
As president, [Cruz] said, he would repudiate the deal “on Day 1″ of his presidency.But the candidates could top this if they wanted to. Remember, for instance, that the new president will be sworn in on January 20, 2017, but the new Congress will convene on January 3. Couldn't a candidate outdo Walker and Cruz by saying that, if Congress passes a declaration of war against Iran between January 3 and January 20, not only will he (or she) abrogate the deal, he (she) will also sign that declaration of war right there on the podium, immediately after taking the oath of office?
And couldn't someone top that by promising to ask for the nuclear football just after being sworn in and then punching in the Tehran-bound launch codes right there in front of the crowd? (Though even I think that's a bit of a stretch for the GOP candidates, Trump perhaps excepted.)
I'm sure someone will top these suggestions. And hey, we have a lot of senators running for president -- have any of them pledged to shut down the government unless President Obama repudiates the deal?