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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/19/2010

START here

By Ezra Klein

Josh Marshall has pulled together a quick primer on the START arms-control treaty. There's very little the Senate can do -- or, more to the point, not do -- to shock me at this point, but letting this treaty go down borders on unimaginable.

By Ezra Klein  | November 19, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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TCM aired "Seven Days in May" on election night earlier this month. It was clearly prescient programming. Jon Kyle plays Senator Frederick Prentice, Obama plays the mild-mannered President Lyman Jordan (Fredric March) ... now who plays the Burt Lancaster role of General James Mattoon Scott? Tune in at ten.

Posted by: JJenkins2 | November 19, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

NOT "the Senate"! Republicans (in the Senate and elsewhere) are the problem.

Posted by: jtmiller42 | November 19, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This should be Obama's "noun-verb START treaty" moment. It exemplifies, as good as anything, why the Republicans are simply holding things up in order to damage Obama. The rest of the county is collateral damage to them.

Posted by: klautsack | November 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Agree, klautsack. I can't imagine a reasonable argument for opposing a massive reduction in nuclear weapons on both sides. This needs to be on the news every night.

Posted by: MosBen | November 19, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Oh, yes, it is "the Senate" ; there are too many DINOs (dems in name only) who act just like the obstructionist repubs. Remember the health care debacle?

Posted by: rjewett | November 19, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are acting no different than they always have. They are for really big business (big business also lays workers off)and the wealthy. I do not believe the wealthy and big business should get tax breaks just because everyone thinks they create employment. Too many of those so called rich and big have been closing, merging and whatever it takes to lay workers off to just get richer and bigger. Are all of the people in this US blind or just stupid. No job is safe, as long as rich and big business are allowed to serve other countries our employment. DON'T LET THE REPUBLICANS KEEP PUTTING ALL THEIR PORK IN THE BILLS THAT COME UP.

Posted by: sondra49 | November 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

For rjewett: Fair enough. It's really the conservatives, of both parties and both houses.

Posted by: jtmiller42 | November 19, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This is payback for the Democrats refusing to ratify the Columbian Free Trade Pact in 2008. Democrats didn't want to give President Bush a win, using the flimsy excuse of Columbian oppression of labor union activists. Senator Obama sowed the wind in 2008.

Now President Obama can reap the whirlwind in 2010. Oh yeah, there's human rights violations going on in Russia so we can't ratify this treaty either. Take that!

Posted by: ElGipper | November 20, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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