The differences in Democrat, Republican, and Iranian negotiating styles

Let me demonstrate.

First, here is how our leadership negotiated with Iran over the nuke deal.

Kerry: "We want open inspections at any time."

Iran: "With ten days' notice."

Kerry: "We can agree to only one day's notice."

Iran: "Then we want 15 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, we see your point.  Five days' notice."

Iran: "Twenty days."

Kerry: "Okay, we will give you 15 days, but we name the inspectors."

Iran: "If you want to name the inspectors, it will be 30 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, 20 days and our own inspectors."

Iran: "We get to pick the inspectors, and we'll compromise to 28 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, we agree, but only 22 days' notice."

Iran: "Twenty-four days' notice, and none of the inspectors can be American."

Kerry: "Okay, but we don't release any of your $130 billion until you comply."

Iran: "We don't sign unless you immediately release our funds."

Kerry: "Okay, you get your money, but we want you to stop saying 'Death to America.'"

Iran: "Pay us first; then we see."

Kerry: "Okay, agreed.  Do we have an agreement?"

Iran: "Yes, agreed.  Let's sign."

Kerry: "Thanks!  Great work, everyone!  We're signed!"

Iran: "I want your watch, John."

Kerry: "Okay, here's my Rolex."

One day later, Kerry to the press: "We got the best deal possible; the only other option was no deal.  Anyone have the correct time?"

Two days later, Iran: "Death to America!"

Three days later, Republicans to Democrats in Congress: "We need to discuss the border issue and the flood of immigrants."

Democrats: "We'll shut down the government and blame it on you!"

Republicans: "Oh, oh, sorry!  We're okay with a path to citizenship.  Where do we sign?"

So the Iranians wipe the floor with our negotiating team, led by a Democrat administration.  And that same Democrat administration can cow the Republican majority in both houses with just a sentence.  It is pretty bad when the Republicans who hold the majority can be defeated at every turn by the minority party that couldn't make a deal with Iran when the U.S. held most of the cards going in.

So who is the weak link here?

Let me demonstrate.

First, here is how our leadership negotiated with Iran over the nuke deal.

Kerry: "We want open inspections at any time."

Iran: "With ten days' notice."

Kerry: "We can agree to only one day's notice."

Iran: "Then we want 15 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, we see your point.  Five days' notice."

Iran: "Twenty days."

Kerry: "Okay, we will give you 15 days, but we name the inspectors."

Iran: "If you want to name the inspectors, it will be 30 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, 20 days and our own inspectors."

Iran: "We get to pick the inspectors, and we'll compromise to 28 days' notice."

Kerry: "Okay, we agree, but only 22 days' notice."

Iran: "Twenty-four days' notice, and none of the inspectors can be American."

Kerry: "Okay, but we don't release any of your $130 billion until you comply."

Iran: "We don't sign unless you immediately release our funds."

Kerry: "Okay, you get your money, but we want you to stop saying 'Death to America.'"

Iran: "Pay us first; then we see."

Kerry: "Okay, agreed.  Do we have an agreement?"

Iran: "Yes, agreed.  Let's sign."

Kerry: "Thanks!  Great work, everyone!  We're signed!"

Iran: "I want your watch, John."

Kerry: "Okay, here's my Rolex."

One day later, Kerry to the press: "We got the best deal possible; the only other option was no deal.  Anyone have the correct time?"

Two days later, Iran: "Death to America!"

Three days later, Republicans to Democrats in Congress: "We need to discuss the border issue and the flood of immigrants."

Democrats: "We'll shut down the government and blame it on you!"

Republicans: "Oh, oh, sorry!  We're okay with a path to citizenship.  Where do we sign?"

So the Iranians wipe the floor with our negotiating team, led by a Democrat administration.  And that same Democrat administration can cow the Republican majority in both houses with just a sentence.  It is pretty bad when the Republicans who hold the majority can be defeated at every turn by the minority party that couldn't make a deal with Iran when the U.S. held most of the cards going in.

So who is the weak link here?