Friday, December 17, 2010
Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from the (ahem) civil rights pioneering state of Tennessee, says he is willing to kill the START Treaty if the Democrats vote on the so-called DREAM Act (which I coincidentally oppose) and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal bill (which I support). I don't see what the START bill, which deals with nuclear inspections, has to do with with either of the other two bills and for once, the Democrats should stand up and be counted. They should ask the senator why his vote on a nuclear weapons inspection regime should be dependent upon their votes for (or against) immigration bills and/or gay rights. The START treaty (which should be passed, either in this Congress or the next, and possibly could be passed in the next since many Republicans wouldn't be so foolish as to jeopardize our relationship with the Russians) should rise or fall on its merits, and Republicans like Senator Corker should vote for or against it on that basis and not on the Democratic majority's political maneuvering on other issues.