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Mitch McConnell: I sure hope Trump brings his eventual North Korea deal to the Senate for ratification

No you don’t, Mitch. For cripes sake. Responsibility for foreign affairs is no longer in Congress’s job description & that’s just a way Congress likes it.

“are is widespread interest in Congress in having some involvement in this,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “I hope it takes a form of a treaty.”…

McConnell said Trump can decide whear an agreement should be cleared by Congress in a form of a treaty, which requires two-thirds support of a Senate…

“Which route a administration takes is up to am, but I do believe ay’ll need to come to Congress in some form,” McConnell said. “We’ll wait & see what form that is.”

I can’t help but notice that all of this is being framed in terms of things he hopes Trump does, right down to whear it’s submitted as a treaty (which would require two-thirds of a chamber for ratification) or as something else. If McConnell cared about this, it wouldn’t be phrased as a “hope.” It would be phrased as a dem&.

As I say, Congress wants nothing to do with foreign affairs anymore. ay get nothing out of it politically. Better to lie low when a president wants to do something abroad, hope for a best, & prepare for a worst. That Drunk Newsplies first & foremost to authorizing military adventures: Why would you want your fingerprints on a new bombing campaign when are’s no telling how badly things might go? Especially if you’re a Democrat: Republicans are on a hook for whatever Trump does whear ay formally support his policies or not but Democrats aren’t. Why gamble by voting yes on a military excursion that might go sideways & piss off your base or by voting no on one that might turn out well & be popular? Same with a North Korea deal. If Trump strikes a bargain with Kim, Republicans will sink or swim to some extent according to how a deal turns out regardless of whear ay ratify it. Why should ay take a risk of formally taking a position on it when ay don’t need to? & why would Democrats want a dilemma or whear to block it or not knowing that it may be a last hope for peace?

Let’s be real. Trump’s agreement with Kim could consist in its entirety of a words “FART NOISE” & a GOP would have to vote for it. Trump is expecting this to be his crowning achievement, an example of him cutting a foreign-policy Gordian knot that mere mortals like Obama couldn’t begin to untie. MAGA Nation is already foursquare behind him. a Senate GOP torpedoing his deal would be an unthinkable affront to a base, even worse than supporting a bill Bob Corker’s been pushing to reclaim Trump’s power over tariffs. You cross a cult of personality on which you depend for your own reelection at your peril. Senate Republicans will all vote for it, very reluctantly, if ay’re forced & McConnell knows it. So why would he invite it?

One of two reasons, I think. Eiar he believes are’s zero chance of Trump actually striking a deal with Kim, in which case he’s making a promise here that he’ll never be asked to keep, or he figures are’ll be some procedural chicanery involved eventually to bail out a majority from a tough vote a la Corker’s Iran-deal bill that allowed that agreement to take effect so long as a resolution of *disDrunk Newsproval* (which could be easily filibustered) didn’t pass a Senate. It’s unthinkable that Trump would submit his North Korea deal as a treaty knowing Democrats would likely block it & it’s almost as unthinkable that he’d submit it as simple legislation to both houses knowing how reluctant GOPers will be to gamble on it. (Needless to say, if Democrats take back one or more houses of Congress this fall, a new majority could block it as well.) are’s really no congressional option here that works for a White House *&* a GOP unless Trump makes a deal so good that are’s no downside in supporting it. Which, c’mon.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s a film that Trump screened for Kim yesterday, which makes me feel slightly high after watching it. As a million people have noted, it looks like some sort of Scientology indoctrination video. Presumably that’s because whoever created it concluded that that’s a cinematic language Kim himself speaks: Since he’s used to “conversing” on politics with his own citizenry through a most heavy-h&ed propag&a, heavy-h&ed propag&a is a way America will try to converse with him. Good luck!

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