Schumer Praises Obama Over Iran Deal He 'Opposed'

Aspiring Dem Senate leader gets to have his cake and eat it too.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the next in line to take over as leader of the Senate Democrats, revealed just how strongly "opposed" he was to the Iran deal in his remarks on the Senate floor Thursday.

"Regardless of how one feels about the agreement, fair-minded Americans should acknowledge the president’s strong achievements in combating and containing Iran," said Schumer Thursday, according to the New York Times.

After having come out in opposition to it a few weeks ago, Schumer, who has a strong Jewish constituency, clearly did not try very hard, if at all, to sway fellow Democrats to oppose the disastrous deal, as was obvious in his praise of those Democrats who supported the bill.

"I also have a great deal of respect for the careful thought and deliberation my colleagues went through," said the aspiring Senate Democratic leader. "I recognize for them, that this is a vote of conscience just as it is for me."

As The Weekly Standard points out, in a press conference the day before, Schumer conspicuously failed to mention the crucial Iran deal vote, instead opting to attack Republicans as "hostage"-takers. 

"Everywhere Republican leaders look this fall, there's potential disaster lurking thanks to their hard right members determined to hold the government hostage [through budget negotiations] unless they get everything they want," said Schumer Wednesday.

Schumer is expected to take over as leader of the Democrats in the Senate after Harry Reid retires next year. After detailing his reasons for opposing the Iran deal, Schumer came under heavy fire from fellow Democrats. Over the next few weeks, the "leader" became essentially silent about the deal as the president pressed all but four Senate Democrats into backing his wildly unpopular deal with the terror-sponsoring state.