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Will Republicans Try To Block Nuke Treaty? If They Love America, Yes

Today, in an Ancient Prague Castle, Barack Obama and Russian President “Michael Medved” signed their START II treaty, which is intended to loan all of America’s weapons to Russia and other communist countries, permanently. Barack Obama strikes again! Will our brave Republican Senate heroes stand up against Obama and the Russian Bear?

Senate Republican leadership sources say Senate Republican leaders don’t have a firm position because the leadership hasn’t been consulted in any substantive way about the treaty by the Obama administration beyond some minor discussions.

Any treaty negotiated by the executive branch needs to pass the Senate by a two-thirds vote, as required by Article II, section 2 of the Constitution. Fifty-nine Senators caucus with the Democratic party, so assuming all of them support ratification, at least eight Republicans will need to join them to reach 67 votes.

Senate Democratic leadership sources suggest Republicans are waiting to see what the reaction is to the treaty from the conservative base of the party. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is said to be hopeful that in the end the votes will be there, when a vote comes up in several months after several committee hearings.

PHEW! Harry Reid is hopeful. Let’s all go get tacos and waffles.

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[ABC News]

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43 comments

  1. meyotch

    You know who else negotiated an arms limitation treaty with the Soviets? That’s right. Jimmy Carter. Pretty scary.

  2. JMP

    If only the past Senators had more courage, our security would not have been destroyed by those weak-willed, America-hating Democrats who were President in 1988, 1992 and 2003 (Who were they again; I can’t remember?).

  3. Speed Ball

    Quit trying to jam this reasonable treaty to reduce horrific weapons of mass destruction in a country with withering borders and hostile, unstable neighbors, DOWN MAH DERN THROAT!

  4. Come here a minute

    Then: “Trust, but verify.”

    Now: “NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO HELL NO”

  5. SayItWithWookies

    Of course the Republicans are going to be against this — they’re pro-life, and this is just like partial-birth abortions for our God-given nucular weapons. Why do appeasing Democrats hate life?

  6. Red Zeppelin

    Barry’s just doin’ this stuff because he loves the sound of cracker heads exploding.

  7. Woodwards Friend

    Great now the Ruskies can kill Baby Trigg with their nucular weapons. BABY KILLER! I mean this treaty is a baby killer. Or something. Purity of essence!

  8. mumblyjoe

    I’ll just say what I said somewhere else:

    A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this Earth.

    –Ronald W. Reagan
    The Greatest Icon of Modern Republicanism
    (but also a cowardly, commie-appeasing liberal, apparently)

  9. Cape Clod

    I think the Republicans are going to look pretty foolish when one of their non-idiotic members, like Dick Lueger, stands up and says, “looks good to me, I’m down with it.”

  10. red sky

    The safer vote is always for pestilence, famine and war. Voting for peace never got anyone re-elected. But you gotta be a real cold SOB to vote down a mutually agreed nuclear weapons reduction treaty, but considering this is the party that decided I rather see the poor die in ditches then raise my taxes a cent to allow them access to health care, nothing is off the table. Family values party huh? Manson family I guess.

  11. queeraselvis v 2.0

    *Gasp* Gibbsy sent this out on “UberTwitter,” no doubt the secret Twitter platform of the Obama Gestapo.

  12. germansteel

    I’m not taking a position until I hear what those nuclear strategy geniuses, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, have to say. My guess is that when Sarah connects the dots – Russia, Putin – she’ll release a White Paper quality, detailed and nuanced, analysis that will take your breath away. On Twitter, no less.

    Twitter. That sounds like a good name for her, or, I mean Bristol’s, next kid.

  13. S.Luggo

    Is it chance or coincidence that the treaty was signed just before the release of the remake of Red Dawn? You decide.

  14. noodleman

    [re=551658]meyotch[/re]: Ronald Reagan negotiated an even larger nuke force reduction with Gorby in the mid-’80s, though.

  15. Saint Ronald the Divine

    I really can’t decide if this a good thing or not. Must wait until Sarah and Michelle have a chance to study this treaty thing and can give us their learned opinions.

  16. mumblyjoe

    [re=551691]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: You know who else didn’t have any nuclear weapons?

  17. betterDeadThanRed

    You know, we haven’t actually tested any nuclear weapons in our arsenal in decades. If the treaty is voted down we better start testing them again. Maybe we could start in Texas or Arizona.

  18. comicbookguy

    They won’t vote against it, but they will filibuster with a reading of the full script to Red Dawn on the Senate floor.

    Because the minute you go from having 1,501 nukes, to only having 1,500 nukes, Cuban an Nicaraguan troops come streaming through Mexico to take the strategic town of Hicksville, Colorado, where America’s TruckNutz are made.

  19. Whiskeybaby

    [re=551691]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: I too wondered about this UberTwitter. Like regular Twitter but with 10 times the inanity?

  20. BlueStateLiberal

    [re=551699]Saint Ronald the Divine[/re]: Sarah’s already against it. She was too busy birthing in the ’80s, so she missed that whole thing with Reagan doing the same thing.

  21. mustardman

    Now that muslim nEGro is tryin tah tell me who I can and cannot nuke! What next, FEMA death camps? I want mah freedumb bahk!

  22. GOPCrusher

    I have to imagine that Bill Kristol and Monica Crowley are shaking their electrons in anger over this.

  23. mumblyjoe

    [re=551700]mumblyjoe[/re]: Also: You know who else made negotiated “non-aggression pacts” with the ruskies? I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

  24. mcc

    I predict two to five months of delays, holds, and unsuccessful attempts to move toward cloture, after which the treaty will pass 94-0

  25. notreallyhelping

    Bunning will put a hold on it ’cause the bagels were stale in the Senate cafeteria.

  26. Pithaughn

    [re=551705]betterDeadThanRed[/re]: TX, ok, but AZ? Easy there big fella, that is still an ok state. I mean they have primaried the old guy right? Lot’s of nice folk in the Flag area. Oh, and my son is going to school in Prescott.

  27. Gun-toting Progressive

    [re=551837]Pithaughn[/re]: Riddle? Just up the street from me. I’m OK with Nuke tests in AZ, but it has to be up in Mormon country, closer to Utah.

  28. wilbro

    Sarah is not going to support this summity Death Panel deciding which Merikuns get nuked because they filled out the census.

    Foot-long hot dogs. Also.

  29. Lono65

    Ah, but how did Joe Lieberman vote on those treaties? Because that’s what’s really important.

  30. Native of SL UT

    [re=551867]Gun-toting Progressive[/re]: Utah’s fine. Start at my house. It will be mercy.

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