President Obama is currently vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, but his administration is hard at work pushing for the 34 votes it needs to sustain the hard-earned Iran nuclear deal. To that end, whatever genius is running the official @TheIranDeal Twitter account thought it would be a good move to give the lobbying effort some pop-culture cred by tying it in with the new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
When Buzzfeednoted that the film has quickly become a meme-magnet, the Iran Deal Twitter account decided to mix the film and the historic nuclear pact, and cook them in a pot like gumbo:
— The Iran Deal (NARA) (@TheIranDeal) August 13, 2015
The tweet was roundly mocked on social media, and deservedly so, because it trivializes the legitimate concerns of those who are deliberating on the agreement, and would like to be sure they can tell when the Iranians are down for a jack move. It was a dumb move, and whoever thought it up should be grounded from his Obamaphone for a week.
The silly tweet also comes on the heels of a social media barrage against Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after he came out against the deal, a barrage that was led by former Obama administration officials and was focused on Schumer’s prospects to become Senate Minority (or Majority?) Leader upon Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) retirement.
The episode was quickly taken up by liberals who were angry at Schumer over his decision, which is fine, it’s perfectly legitimate to ask if Schumer’s position qualifies him to lead the Democrats, but for the Obama inner circle to instantly wield the Senate leadership as a hammer was unseemly and trivial. President Obama and his press secretary have been extremely disciplined in their messaging, and highly effective at painting Republican opposition to the deal as partisan and political, while portraying Democrats’ decisions as a matter of conscience. These deviations from that message are harmful, and the White House really ought to button them up.
However, none of this should affect the vote on the deal at all. For the same reason that you shouldn’t meme the Iran deal or threaten political retribution over it, you should also not allow these trivializations to trivialize your own decisions about the deal. It’s too important. We don’t want to end up at war with Iran because you were offended by some rando who runs a Twitter account.