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

by Jim Newell

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.

It would be unbelievably embarrassing to the United States if Senate Republicans blocked this crucial nuclear arsenal reduction policy right now, especially since it doesn’t have much teeth. For these reasons, it is likely that the Senate Republicans will block it.

WE DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH THE SOVIET UNION, IDJITS.

[ABC News]

 
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meyotch April 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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

Cornhusker Kickback April 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

America… fuck yeah?

JMP April 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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?).

Accordion-o-rama April 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

What were the votes on SMACK (1990s) & SKANK (2000s) ?

weejee April 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Will this mean Barry can nuke the bitters?

4tehlulz April 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Needs more Daisy.

Speed Ball April 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

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!

Come here a minute April 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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”

keepinitrealyo April 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Hitler was against the US having nuclear arms as well!

captqitn April 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

(hungry for go-go tacos)

SayItWithWookies April 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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?

Speed Ball April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

[re=551669]keepinitrealyo[/re]: And Russia! Ohhhh.

Red Zeppelin April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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

Woodwards Friend April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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!

qwerty42 April 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

You know who else visited Prague Castle? (Hradčany Castle)

Katydid April 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm

How did I wake up in 1988?

mumblyjoe April 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

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)

Cape Clod April 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

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.”

Dolmance April 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Americans are animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

red sky April 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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.

queeraselvis v 2.0 April 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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

germansteel April 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

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.

S.Luggo April 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

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

noodleman April 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

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

Saint Ronald the Divine April 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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.

mumblyjoe April 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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

betterDeadThanRed April 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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.

comicbookguy April 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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.

Whiskeybaby April 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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

BlueStateLiberal April 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

[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.

mustardman April 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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!

chaste everywhere April 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

The Preznit of Prague is Jewish? It could only happen in America.

GOPCrusher April 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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

mumblyjoe April 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

[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’.

Dean Booth April 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Roger Ailes will cast the first, and deciding, vote.

mcc April 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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

notreallyhelping April 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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

Pithaughn April 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

[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.

Gun-toting Progressive April 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

[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.

wilbro April 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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.

Lono65 April 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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

Native of SL UT April 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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

LowerdPeninsula April 9, 2010 at 3:52 am

Hypocrisy: It’s what’s for dinner.

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