Newly minted U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican, showed some political courage and wisdom when he voted Saturday to repeal the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy in the American military.
And now Kirk’s mettle will be tested again, perhaps as soon as Tuesday, in the matter of Senate ratification of the New START Nuclear Treaty. Rabid right-wingers among his GOP colleagues are loathe to give President Obama a victory on this issue, even if national security is at stake.
It says HERE that Kirk is among the five or so Republican senators who could tip the balance against the Obamaphobic obstructionists and put the treaty over the top.
Let’s hope he does the right thing rather than the right-wing thing.