A deal with Iran on nuclear proliferation would be a political game-changer and become one of the defining issues of the 2016 presidential campaign, said James Carville, former Democratic Party strategist and political contributor for Fox News.
In an opinion piece for The Hill,
Carville said that the issue could prove to be one of the most interesting to follow in the next two years, trumping immigration and Obamacare as a top concern among voters.
"I really don't have any particular insights into whether the U.S. and Iran will make a deal on nuclear proliferation or not, but if they do, American politics will be undergoing a big change. It sort of reminds me of a line said about Mike Tyson's boxing ability: 'He hits you so hard it knocks the taste out of your mouth.'"
Carville noted that among a sampling of conservatives he's talked to, the thought of a deal with Tehran was both startling and out of the question. Opposition will also be mounted to the Israel lobby, neo conservatives, and Tea Party members, he said.
"I leave it to the foreign policy and military experts to talk about the changes it could mean for diplomacy and international relations, but everything I have read suggests it will be substantial," he wrote.
"And the deal will no doubt be a tough sell from the administration's standpoint, battling opposition from its usual allies in the American Jewish community and the predictable opposition from the conservatives at the same time."
The effects of a deal on the American political debate, he said, could be enormous.
He concluded by saying, "Again, I don’t really have any idea if this is going to happen, but if it does, I will just echo what Vice President Biden said about the Affordable Care Act: It's really a big f------ deal."
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