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The new warmongering wing of the Democratic Party

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A group of Democrats are joining Republicans in trying to undermine the White House's negotiations with Iran by imposing a  new set of sanctions . Fifteen of them, actually, who prefer status quo bluster and threats to diplomacy that might actually do something to end Iran's nuclear ambitions.  They are :

Bob Menendez (NJ)
Chuck Schumer (NY)
Ben Cardin (MD)
Bob Casey (PA)
Chris Coons (DE)
Dick Blumenthal (CT)
Mark Begich (AK)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Mark Warner (VA)
Kay Hagan (NC)
Joe Donnelly (IN)
Cory Booker (NJ)
Joe Manchin (WV)

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The Senate equivalent of the Blue Dog caucus is well represented on this list, with Begich, Casey, Donnelly, Landrieu, Manchin, Pryor, and Warner. I've always considered Coons and Blumenthal to be part of the party's business/corporatist wing. But I guess they hate diplomacy too.

The most interesting are Booker and Gillibrand, both harboring presidential ambitions. If anything, 2008 should've taught Democratic presidential contenders that a policy of warmongering no longer plays well in Democratic primaries. Someone might want to remind these two of what Hillary learned that year.

The real danger is that a veto-proof majority could emerge supporting new sanctions, undercutting the administration's diplomacy efforts. We expect that sort of thing from Republicans, of course, but we shouldn't abide it from our Democrats. So use this tool to find out where your own senators stand and send them a message on how you feel about this issue.

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