The Reno Gazette Journal adds its editorial voice to the backlash over the #Iran47 participation of Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), in “Heller embarrassed Nevada with Iran letter.” Thus, the Gazette Journal joins a chorus including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Nashua, NH Telegraph, the Concord, NH Monitor, the Peoria Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the New York Times, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and others. [Pol]
Senator Heller’s web site doesn’t include any press releases explaining the inexplicable. Perhaps he’s adopting some of the other incredulous statements made, like Senator McCain’s “snow storm” excuse? [Pol] Or, he might use the Senator Rand Paul template: “I signed the Iran letter in Order to Help Obama?” Or, how about the former Governor Jeb Bush idea, “I approved it out of frustration?” There’s always 60+ day Senator Tom Cotton’s version: “If Congress doesn’t approve the deal it may not last.”
Maybe the junior Senator from Nevada could mash them all together?
“I signed the Iran Letter because I was frustrated with the snow storm, and in order to help the President I thought I’d let the Iranians know that the Constitution allows the Senate to offer “advice and consent” to treaties before they’re ratified, just in case the fellows weren’t educated.”
The last part is really amusing given that the Iranian government has the highest number of US college graduates serving in any foreign government cabinet in the world. President Rouhani has a PhD from the prestigious Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland), Zarif has a PhD from the University of Denver; the Science, Research & Technology minister (Mohammad Ali Najafi) did post graduate work at MIT. Vaezi, Minister of Communications, began his PhD at LSU and finished at the Warsaw University in Poland, the Minister for Industry, Nematzadeh, graduated from Cal Poly in 1968, and studied industrial management at Cal Berkeley. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the AEO, has a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT. Chief of Staff, Mohammad Nahavandian, has a PhD in economics from George Washington University. [IranPrimer]
The junior Senator from Nevada might want to consider his response and rationale very carefully because when an editorial board uses terms like “condescending, embarrassing, clueless, damaging, and hypocritical,” the Senator’s next words should be very carefully weighed and measured.