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The crisis in Syria is bringing together some strange political bedfellows in Washington. It's also fracturing both sides of the aisle over how the United States should respond to a massacre. CNN’s John Berman, former Clinton adviser Paul Begala, Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Ryan Lizza discuss.
President Obama has his work cut out for him when it comes to convincing Congress to attack Syria – even members of his own party are criticizing his plan.
Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said on “The Lead”, “I can’t imagine anything that I’ve heard that would persuade me that the conduct of this insane maniac in Syria is doing anything to place my country in danger or to violate our national security.”
If the rest of Congress agrees with Rep. Rangel there is still the chance that President Obama could call for military action.
However, Rep. Rangel says there is “no question” in his mind that the President would never authorize military action without the support of Congress.
The awkward position in which progressive allies of President Barack Obama find themselves can be seen clearly in the actions of his former political arm, now called Organizing for Action, which despite the need for activists to lobby Congress to support the president's call for military strikes, is essentially voting "present."
Capitol Hill is all but singularly focused on Obama’s push for congressional authorization to use force in Syria, and the president has canceled a trip to California next week to devote his time and energy to lobbying lawmakers.
But in his weekly call with grassroots supporters, held this week on Tuesday, the executive director of OFA, Jon Carson, said of Syria, "OFA isn't planning to actively organize on this with so much going on on other issues."
"Since the president's announcement on Saturday, we've definitely heard from our volunteers on this issue and glad to hear more feedback right now," Carson said, according to a partial transcript of the call provided by an OFA official after CNN requested comment on why the group was not helping Obama.