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Here’s why most Senate Republicans truly hate the New START Treaty

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Yes, the majority of Senate Republicans are opposed to ratification of the New START Treaty partly because they don’t want to give President Obama a political victory — especially during a lame-duck session just weeks after a big GOP victory in the midterm elections.

And yes, it bugs Senate Republicans that polls show widespread bipartisan support for the treaty among ordinary Americans. That’s why the obstructionists have tried their damnedest to raise doubts about the wisdom of New START.

But nothing annoys these Senate GOPers more than the fact that the entire national-security establishment — including every living Republican secretary of state and every living Republican secretary of defense and all the brass hats at the Pentagon, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are on Obama’s side in this matter.

You see, that just doesn’t comport with the right-wing meme that Democratic presidents, especially THIS Democratic president, are weak on national-security issues.

That’s what bothers them most. They just hate it when their corner on the patriotism market and their presumed ownership of national defense are diminished by the spectacle of everyone else so smartly saluting the current commander-in-chief.

UPDATE: Adam Serwer has a WORTHY ANALYSIS of GOP mishandling of New START.

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  1. Given where this issue ranks on a recent list of voter concerns, the Republicans have little to worry about over giving the President this “victory”.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/144029/economy-top-issue-voters-size-gov-may-pivotal.aspx

  2. expdoc: If what you say is true, why does Mitch McConnell complain so bitterly about he and his Senate colleagues being “forced to make decisions like this so we can tick off another item on someone’s political check list before the end of the year”?

    And why does Lindsey Graham so bitterly complain that Harry Reid and the Democrats have “eaten our lunch” during the lame-duck session with issues like DADT and New START?

    Face it, doc. The treaty and other matters have given Obama and the Dems a boost in the past few weeks. If nothing else, these issues have put the Republicans on the defensive. Even among rank-and-file Republicans, Obama’s approval rating has risen, according to the latest Gallup poll.

  3. Rockford2020

    His approval numbers haven’t really improved, but the left is completely paralyzed to criticize this guy. They fawn over him like zombies, can’t acknowledge the legitimacy of the former President, think that the former President was the worst President ever, but this President is the greatest President ever. They sound like illogical fools, superpartisan fools. The right was truly free, and it showed in President Bush’s approval numbers, except that Bush was an effective President. The left has proven superpartisanship. Everything that they said about Bush wasn’t really true about Bush, but it is true about their guy. They are pathetic, but it takes one to know one.

  4. Rockford2020: You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Beyond your laughable claim that “Bush was an effective President,” you make the foolish argument that liberals are loathe to criticize Obama.

    Just yesterday, Gallup reported a “dip in support [for Obama] from liberal Democrats offset by [a] boost from moderate/liberal Republicans.”

    In just the past two weeks, Obama’s job-approval rating among Republicans has jumped by nine percentage points. Nearly one-third of Republicans approve of Obama’s handling of his job.

    Read about it here:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/145352/Obama-Overall-Job-Approval-Steady.aspx

    Oh, one other thing, Rockford2020: Your syntax is so convoluted and confusing that’s it hard to follow what you’re trying to say. Consider, for example, this passage:

    “The right was truly free, and it showed in President Bush’s approval numbers, except that Bush was an effective President.”

    What the hell is that gibberish supposed to mean?

  5. Rockford2020 said: “Bush was an effective President.”

    Let us know what you think after Wikileaks drops a bomb on GWB.

  6. Rockford2020

    Slight upticks are just that. His approval is stuck at 46%, has been stuck at 46% for a year. Who could be so blind not to express any REAL disapproval?
    That 46% is the blue state vote. It is where Kerry-Edwards was at until independants broke on election day.

  7. “Face it, doc. The treaty and other matters have given Obama and the Dems a boost in the past few weeks. If nothing else, these issues have put the Republicans on the defensive. Even among rank-and-file Republicans, Obama’s approval rating has risen, according to the latest Gallup poll.”

    I don’t have to “face” anything, I agree with you already. The Republicans are foolish to waste political capital on this subject. Given the actions of the President since the election, I would say (and have said) that he has risen in my own personal approval ranking as well.

    It is too bad that he and other Democrats won’t acknowledge what is self evident: by agreeing to an extension of the Bush tax cuts, they admit by their actions that raising taxes is not good for the economy and we would be better off to balance the budget and reduce the debt via spending cuts. The class warfare crap is just an attempt to make political hay with their base.

  8. No the ratification of the treaty is not another example of Obama\\\’s Socialism but a victory of common sense. And the support of the senior Republicans who are the most knowledgeable persons in this area only proves its importance in the fighting against nuclear proliferation.

  9. Think the voters were paying attention and the MSM were informing them? The MSM controls who wins elections until people start paying attention.

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