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  •  From what I can find out, because this was (3+ / 0-)

    a last minute, unexpected push back (would Bob Dole have appeared in person to have his face rubbed in the dirt?), is that it was a Right Wing power play, ginned up by all sorts of crazy:

    Rick Santorum said that it would take away the parents' rights to decide how to care for their children and shamelessly brought his disabled infant daughter onto the floor.  The convention specifically says there will be no interference with parental decisions about their children.  Article 23 - Respect for home and the family

    Others relied on UN-paranoia. Black helicopters will force wheel chair ramps onto unsuspecting free market businessmen? Loony-tunes!

    Others said "treaties should not be voted on during the lame duck session."  Why the hell not?  We're paying those clowns plenty of money, shouldn't they have to work?

    Mostly it was the usual cabal of Fake News crazies:

    The vote was a triumph for Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum and others on the hard-right loon fringe, who have been feverishly denouncing the treaty as a United Nations world-government conspiracy to kill disabled children (you can look it up).
    The staunchly anti-abortion Republican worried that the treaty would “put the government, acting under U.N. authority, in the position to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them.”

    And taking that thought to its absurd conclusion, Santorum suggested that the U.N. treaty would have meant the death of his daughter, who has a rare genetic disorder.

    Washington Post has more on the scheming and divisiveness:
    Senators were greeted this week near their basement subway by veterans and others in wheelchairs who pushed for support.

    In deference to the solemnity of the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) asked that senators cast their votes while seated at their desks — a rare move to observe the chamber’s formal rules that require each senator to respond to the clerk’s announcement of their name with an “aye” or “no.”

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:27:09 PM PST

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    •  Santorum and Lee (R-UT) spearheaded the 'antis'? (1+ / 0-)
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      The WaPo notes the opposition was led by these two:

      The risk of rejection grew after Santorum and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that they had gathered the signatures of 36 fellow Republicans on a letter opposing the adoption of the measure during this month’s lame-duck session.
      I get it that Santorum is looking to stay in the headlines in support of his 2016 run for President, and Lee is an up-and-coming Tea Partier and Club for Growth darling on track to become a Supreme Court justice.  But their lack of current political heft doesn't explain the abject fear that had to have motivated much more senior Senators' blatant and very public snub of the Republican Establishment with this vote.

      Oh, hey ... maybe I just answered my own question, there: "...snub of the Republican Establishment"?

      Against the backdrop of Lame Duck negotiations on The Debt, I guess the 38 are inoculating themselves against the same kind of Teahadist primary challenge that Lee mounted to take out Bob Bennett?

      ...yeah-h-h, I dunno if that really explains it.  There had to be more political weight behind the snub than only that...

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