The Iran nuclear deal struck by six global powers will in all likelihood survive Sen. Chuck Schumer's disapproval.
Of course, that hasn't allayed the anger of the Obama administration, which has whipped the deal as furiously as you'd expect for a foreign policy pact immediately dubbed historic. Former Obama aides were particularly merciless after the New York Democrat's announcement Thursday night, even indicating that others might be better suited to take over for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid when he retires next year.
"This is a Democratic leader: Dick Durbin Becomes Lead Whip for Peace on Iran," tweeted Jon Favreau, Obama's former speechwriter, linking to a Huffington Post article. "The base won't support a leader who thought Obamacare was a mistake and wants War with Iran," added Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama senior adviser. "Senator Schumer siding with the GOP against Obama, Clinton and most Democrats will make it hard for him to lead the Dems in '16."
Senate Democratic aides reached by National Journal Friday doubted it'd make much of a difference — as one said, "If there is even a race, he'll be fine" — but progressive groups like MoveOn have already pronounced Schumer's move as "outrageous," blasting out fundraising emails with the goal of withholding $10 million in donations from any Democrat who joined Schumer. "Any Democrat who dares to join Sen. Schumer must see immediately that MoveOn members will fight, not just with our calls to Congress, our petitions, and our rallies — but with our checkbooks and our credit cards," wrote MoveOn.