The Tea Party may have brought positive contributions to American democracy, but given the critical threat of Iran, the new Congress should put partisanship aside and work to resolve this nuclear crisis.
Iranian soft power remains significant and is perhaps still growing. No Western leader could travel to Beirut and move about in an open motorcade, as Ahmadinejad did, let alone do so and attract tens of thousands of well-wishers.
President Obama prudently highlighted the face-off between the Iranian people and the regime on Friday. He now has the opportunity to complement his wisdom with courage by standing firmly on the right side of the fence.