Bob Menendez

United States Senator

Rubin: Distinguished pols of 2015

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

During 2015, we recognized Democrats from time to time who stood tall, defying the White House and liberal dogma. As we enter 2016, it is worth recalling Democrats who annoyed rigid leftists and got too little recognition from Republicans.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was the best of the best Democrats, taking on the White House and his party repeatedly to oppose the Iran deal, normalization of relations with Cuba and President Obama’s indifference to human rights. On the Iran deal, the arguments he made were cogent and prescient (e.g., it would embolden Iran in the region, it would bolster Bashar al-Assad). Despite an indictment, he soldiered on and remains the most insightful Democratic voice on national security.


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