Graham, Kyl, Barrasso, DeMint, Sessions, Risch, Thune, and Hatch held a press conference on START, earlier today. Missing are Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Scott Brown, and Judd Gregg, who, for some inexplicable reason, are allowing the Obama administration to rush them into a yes vote on something that should take weeks to debate.
As Senator Graham says, there has never been a treaty ratified during the lame duck session in the history of the country.
See also Jim DeMint’s National Review article from last July: The Treaty Is MAD.
AoSHQ: Damn RINO Senators Guilty of “Capitulation of Dramatic Proportions,” Sneers Firebrand
Jim DeMint Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a “capitulation … of dramatic proportions” to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.
Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and George Voinovich (Ohio).
Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told NRO that many on-the-fence GOP senators “just naturally came to a conclusion.”
“To me, as Brent Scowcroft told me, [New START] is a modest and useful step in the right direction,” Collins said. “It’s refreshing to see serious, bipartisan consideration of a very important issue. Dick Lugar gets a lot of credit for that, as does Jon Kyl on the other side.”
The clock was another factor. Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) notes that many senators are itching to catch a flight home for the holidays. The move toward START, he said in an NRO interview, “has more than a bit to do with jet fumes.”
RightKlik has found the reason(s) the Tennessee Senators are capitulating: 86 Billion Reasons to Ratify START
As always…follow the money…