Remarkable Cuban-American Congressional Unity

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Yesterday's announcement by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), that she will support President Obama's deal with the Iranian mullahs, (sadly) ensures that it will prevail against any Congressional effort to reject it.

It is the 34th vote necessary for the Senate to sustain President Obama's veto.

Despite a $50 million lobbying campaign by pro-Israel groups against the Iran deal, the Obama Administration was able to overcome this strong challenge by strategically dividing Jewish-American lawmakers.

Facing a setback due to opposition from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), it immediately countered with the support of other Jewish lawmakers, including U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); but most importantly, of the longest serving Jewish member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who represents the most Jewish district in the nation.

One can't help contrast this with the remarkable unity shown by Cuban-American lawmakers against President Obama's deal with the Castro dictatorship.

In the Senate, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), couldn't differ more on domestic policy.

Yet, there's no daylight between them when it comes to Cuba policy.

In the House, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) represent the only two majority Cuban-American congressional districts in the nation.

Their enormous popularity among their constituencies speaks for itself.

Also, in the House, there's Albio Sires (D-NJ), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Alex Mooney (R-WV).

Reinforcing such unity, among partisan, generational and regional lines.

It is also reflected at the state level, where both the Florida and New Jersey legislatures have passed resolutions rejecting Obama's deal with the Castro dictatorship.

In Florida, the resolution was led by Republican legislators, while in New Jersey, it was led by Democratic legislators -- all Cuban-Americans.

It's also why opponents of Cuba sanctions obsess with push-polls -- and are constantly pushing them (pun intended) -- for the ultimate and only reliable poll (the ballot box) continues to reject their theories.

These sanctions foes want policymakers to ignore all Cuban-American elected officials -- and instead believe their push-polls.

Something akin to -- "elecciones, para que?"