Another day, another reason for the tea party activist to call on the tone-deaf Republicans in the Senate. Rather than seeing November election as a reason to start listening to the concerns of their constituents, for Republican Senators, it’s a case of carry on ignoring.
This time its START that is getting the tea party hordes hoping mad. Emails are flying between activists urging them to push against this treaty. The case being made against is that START treaty directly affects the security of the US and thus violates the Constitutional duties of the Senate and President.
Yet again the usual suspects thumb their noses at conservatives and proceed to give Obama another victory, the second in a week. All it would take is one of the RINOs to change their vote to make sure the treaty goes down to defeat. Will the cheetahs in the tea party movement manage to take one of them out of the protective herd and get them to cave on the vote? Below is a list of those being targeted including naturally the two Senators from Maine.
“Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Robert Bennett of Utah, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe , Susan Collins of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts and George Voinovich of Ohio.”
Brown and Snowe are up until in 2012, but no doubt hope that the masses will have forgotten their series of votes in the last dying days of the Lame Duck session. Right now their staffs are coming up with erudite excuse as to why they voted how they did. Or maybe they believe voting down the Omnibus Bill covers for all other Lame Duck voting sins?
The Food Bill passed unanimously by the Senate in the middle of night, shocked and angered many in the movement, so their blood is already boiling. Even The Hillreferred to the method of passing it as a “surprise”.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is pretty blunt about his disdain for the START treaty as reportedby the Birmingham News. He has seemingly made clear case for his fellow Republicans to reject the treaty.
“”The idea that it should be the goal of this country to move toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons is not just a fantasy, a wild chimera or some harmless vision; I think it is dangerous. It can only raise questions about the quality of the judgment that underlies our strategic policy,” Sessions said.”
Mitch McConnell, the Minority leader in the Senate has come out against the START treaty. He said in a statement quotedby Huffington Post.
“”I’ve decided I cannot support the treaty,” said McConnell on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “I think the verification provisions are inadequate, and I do worry about missile defense implications.””
Will conservatives and tea party activists remember their Christmas holiday 2010 was ruined thanks to the RINOs in both the House and Senate come 2012? One has to suspect that all those up in 2012 are assuming that political memories don’t last that long.