While President Barack H. Obama tries to sell his Iran deal to the American people, he is having some trouble selling it to members of his own party. In what political pundits termed an “embarrassment” for the president, a resolution supporting the deal was suppressed over the weekend at the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The resolution was halted by none other than the chairperson of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, normally a strong supporter of Obama's policies. The intent of the resolution had been to express official DNC support for the Iran deal. A party spokesperson said that the failure of the resolution to be brought up for a vote was due not to politics, but to “procedural issues.”
As a fallback, the chairman of the Resolution Committee, James Zogby – the well-known Arab lobbyist and head of the Arab American Institute – drafted a letter declaring the DNC's support for the Iran deal. Zogby said that as far as he was concerned, this was an acceptable substitute.
“We found that the best way to show support was a letter that members would sign on to, and the overwhelming majority of DNC members signed onto the letter,” the Post quoted Zogby as saying. “This is the President Obama we elected in 2008 who said, ‘I choose diplomacy over conflict,’ and he did it.”
Wasserman Schultz, whose Florida district has a large Jewish population, has not announced whether or not she herself supports the deal.