Recently forty-seven GOP senators, led by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, sent an open letter to Iran. This letter highlights both the dysfunction of the United States government, and the dysfunction of the Republican Party.
This letter was aimed at President Obama as he entered nuclear talks with Iran, and geared towards disrupting diplomatic discussions between Iran and the United States. In doing so, the Republicans in the Senate allowed partisan battles to be played out on an international stage. Instead of allowing the United States to show strength in these nuclear talks, this production made the United States appear weak and divided.