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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, December 20, 2010

None dare call it politics

At least give Lindsay Graham brownie points for honesty that Republicans are blocking the START treaty because of don't ask, don't tell.

While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Republican John Kyl blather on about a lack of time (even though Kyl apparently had at least 29 conversations with the White House), Graham offers an honest reason for GOP pique:
Mr. Graham cited the sour mood engendered by Democrats forcing votes on other topics in recent days, including the bill on gays in the military that passed Saturday. “If you really want to have a chance of passing Start, you better start over and do it in the next Congress because this lame duck has been poisoned,” Mr. Graham said on “Face the Nation” on CBS.
Poisoned? Because a solid majority of nearly two-thirds of the Senate -- including Republicans who went with their conscience and not the party line -- voted in agreement with a similarly large-sized American majority to end a discriminatory policy?

I cannot claim to be an expert in the minutiae of the treaty. But I know it was fairly arrived at in joint negotiations and such GOP stalwarts as Colin Powell, Condelezza Rice, George Schultz, James Baker and Brent Scowcroft are in favor of ratification.

None of whom have declared the No. 1 goal to be making Barack Obama a one-term president.

Back in the day, Republicans declared "politics stops at the water's edge." Later, some declared it treason when Democrats would raise objections to foreign policy decisions.

Vladimir Putin must be laughing his butt off over American calls to make Russia a true democracy, if this is the best example we can offer about how it works.

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