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  •  I think they will be able to ratify (5+ / 0-)

    the treaty anyway.

    •  I thought it was clever of Hillary to read off (8+ / 0-)

      the actual numbers for the overwhelming majorities by which the previous three treaties were ratified - a very effective nudge for the narrative in a certain direction.

      •  Oh, she did that? (1+ / 0-)
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        Didnt see, just heard about her Rahm Emanuel comment. That's good. Yeah, maybe I'm naive or overly optimistic or whatever, but I think the treaty will probably be ratified.

        •  Here is the transcript from the DOS website. (4+ / 0-)

          I'm sure there is video out there as well:

          Q Quickly for Secretary Clinton, how confident are you of early ratification in the Senate? And if I may ask, Secretary Gates, you mentioned no limits on missile defense. Do you foresee, in the future, engaging with Russia more broadly in any kind of limitations on U.S. missile defense?

          SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Bob, let me say that we are focused on ratification. We’re working hard. We’re going to engage deeply and broadly with all of the members of the Senate. And we’re also informing members of the House as well. I’m not going to set any timetables, but we’re confident that we’ll be able to make the case for ratification.

          In fact, I think if you look at the last three major nuclear arms treaties, the SORT Treaty of 2003, 95-0; START I Treaty, 1992, 93-6; the INF Treaty, 1988, 93-5. So I think when it comes to the goals of this treaty, and as both Bob and Mike outlined the great balance that it strikes -- there should be very broad bipartisan support.

      •  The problem for Rs is that O does not cave to (0+ / 0-)

        blackmail, although he can, as we know only too well, make the odd very cynical deal as long as it holds. There is no way, especially after the Justice Roberts remark last week, that he was not going to do this, to get essential processes and panels working. They get skunky, they better not go home for Memorial Day.

    •  I do too... (0+ / 0-)

      I don't see the Republicans invoking the good ol' days of the USSR and mutually assured destruction.

      Wait - I just thought about the Tea Party.  Never mind.

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