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."
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?