….. President Persipants notched up another win with the Senate ratifying the START treaty.
Steve Benen writes:
SENATE APPROVES NEW START, 71 TO 26…. After the cloture vote garnered 67 votes yesterday, the question wasn’t whether the pending nuclear arms treaty, New START, would get the necessary support, but whether ratification would top 70 votes.
It did. The Senate just concluded its final vote on the treaty, and a 71-member bipartisan majority approved New START. There were 26 opponents, all of whom were Republicans. The minority included Sens. McCain, Graham, and Hatch, all of whom had previously expressed support for the measure.
Here is his well deserved victory lap…
On December 17, 2010, I posted “Kudos Mr. President”, in which I wrote:
“Lame duck or Dame luck session?”… Here is Steven Benen agreeeing with me:
Indeed, it’s not quite finished yet, but has anyone ever seen such a prolific lame-duck session? Let’s see, there’s the tax deal, DADT repeal, New START, the most sweeping food-safety bill in 70 years, the Zadroga 9/11 health bill, the defense authorization bill, more than a few judicial nominee confirmations, and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting.
Obviously, there were serious setbacks. The DREAM Act deserved an up-or-down vote, but fell to a Republican filibuster, and the failure of the omnibus was bad news.
But the victories in December are extremely important, and in some cases, even historic. After the midterms, the conventional wisdom was that President Obama was severely weakened, and shouldn’t expect to pass anything else on his to-do list for the rest of his term. Obviously, the rules of the game will change dramatically with the start of the new Congress, but after this lame-duck session, the president actually appears stronger now than he did before the election.
Part of me wants to snark; “Just like G. Bush, right?”, “Better off with Hillary, right?”, but with my hero ending this year so strongly pro-America, I will take teh high road and simply end with:
“Kudos, USA, you have a great man in your corner! Kudos, Mr. President, you have a great country in your hands!!