Getting a New START for Christmas

14:00 hours ET. The Senate just passed the START treaty 71-26 on CSPAN 2. The 9/11 Responders bill passed as well.

Merry Christmas, Mr. President. Merry Christmas America.


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Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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16 Responses to Getting a New START for Christmas

  1. Mainer says:

    Uh, Mr. U it is 1520 here. We are close to Atlantic time but not quite in it.

  2. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Well, well, well.

    I’d say the accomplishments of THIS Congress, post election, were MUCH more fruitful that those of the 1998 lame-ducks!

  3. mostlyilurk says:

    Yay.

  4. shiloh says:

    So let’s recap, shall we:

    Bart’s Reps caved! 😀

    And who were/are the (26) senators who (((hate America!))) plus the heartless schmucks who voted against the 9/11 1st Responders bill.

    Merry Christmas Bartles!

  5. filistro says:

    Boy, do those Republicans look silly.

    Their constant refrain these days is NO NO NO NO NEVER NEVER IT’S IMPOSSIBLE NO WE WON’T NO NO NO IT WILL RUIN THE COUNTRY NO NO OVER OUR DEAD BODIES… oh, okay then…

    LOL…

  6. Bart DePalma says:

    After the monumental “accomplishments” (sic) of Porkulus, Son of Porkulus, Obamacare and the largest financial regulatory bill in history, you are celebrating the exceedingly weak beer of lame duck legislation like START?

    I am pleased to see that the 2010 election repudiation as suitably reduced your expectations. You will not be completely devastated not to see even weak progressive beer over the next two years.

  7. Mr. Universe says:

    you are celebrating the exceedingly weak beer of lame duck legislation like START?

    Always good for a laugh, Bart. You do realize we’re laughing at you and not with you, right?

  8. dcpetterson says:

    This has been perhaps the most productive lame duck session in history, coming at the end of one of the most productive sessions of Congress in our history.

    A major stimulus bill, a momentous Health Care Reform bill, bills addressing hate crimes and equal rights, a tremendous leap forward in badly-needed financial regulations, and now repeal of DADT, a major new arms treaty, a major tax bill which includes hundreds of billions in stimulus money, and over 6 billion for medical care for 9/11 First Responders. And all this despite unrelenting regressive Republican obstructionism. And that’s all on top of pulling us back from the Second Republican Great Depression, ending Bush’s senseless Iraq war, and putting a process in place to end the Afghanistan War.

    No wonder the right wing is going nuts, and trying to denigrate the incredible accomplishments of this Congress and this President. The country is recovering from the long night of Republican rule under eight years of Bush. Thank the Gods.

  9. mclever says:

    And Net Neutrality from the FCC. Can we say Happy Christmas everyone!

  10. shortchain says:

    I simply cannot believe that Bart claims: “exceedingly weak beer of lame duck legislation like START”

    The treaty became a bone of contention only because the GOP attacked it. Had it been brought by a Republican president, it probably would have been approved 95 – 3.

    Yet this treaty was opposed by the GOP, and, only a few weeks ago, Bart was claiming that the treaty would weaken the USA, because he (wrongfully, of course) imagined that it would weaken the USA’s nuclear deterrent. I remember this clearly because I pointed out to him at the time that he was wrong and gave him a link to research. He never admitted being wrong.

    Yet, apparently without admitting it, Bart changed his mind.

    Or perhaps, now that it has passed, and can no longer be used as a political football, he no longer wants to admit that his party opposed it.

  11. Bart DePalma says:

    DC:

    This has been perhaps the most productive lame duck session in history, coming at the end of one of the most productive sessions of Congress in our history…No wonder the right wing is going nuts, and trying to denigrate the incredible accomplishments of this Congress and this President. The country is recovering from the long night of Republican rule under eight years of Bush. Thank the Gods.

    :::heh:::

    On November 2, 2010, the People provided their profound thanks to the self appointed Dem(i) Gods by firing 6 Dem senators, 63 Dem House members and over 600 Dem state legislators in the largest repudiation of a government since 1946.

    The nation’s electoral map shows the extent of voter gratitude for all things blue.

    http://elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/house

    Top to bottom, this country has not looked less blue since 1928.

  12. fopplssiegeparty says:

    Apparently Bart thinks it’s a matter of square feet.

  13. filistro says:

    @shortchain… Yet this treaty was opposed by the GOP

    Somebody on Hardball just pointed out, the stunning thing about START was… Mitch McConnell lost his caucus. After dogged implacable resistance… and after his triumphal stance subsequent to the mid-terms, and his statement that his major goal was making Obama a “one-term president”… just a month after all that… he lost his caucus on a major policy initiative. They kicked him to the curb and trampled right over him.

    The new term hasn’t even begun and the Republicans in the Senate have already been fatally weakened by this.

    And Bart can’t (or won’t) even see it.

    We have such an entertaining two years coming up. Politics is going to be FUN again! 🙂

  14. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Bart’s posts have become nothing but pro forma.

    No wonder they are good for nothing but a laugh and easy target practice.

  15. dcpetterson says:

    Even with this incredible tsunami-that-wasn’t, the R’s didn’t take the Senate (Thank you, Teaper candidates!) and have a slimmer majority in the House than the Dems did in the 111th Congress.

    Yet, as Bart bleats, Top to bottom, this country has not looked less blue since 1928.

    So even in the best year since 1928, Republicans are doing piss poor.

    And polls show the Republicans are less popular than the President, whom a majority of We the People actually trust to move the country in the right direction.

    Bart refuses to understand the difference between a pro-Republican vote and a vote that expresses dissatisfaction over the state of the economy. One wonders who is trying to convince.

    And filistro’s right. McConnell lost his caucus. The Republicans are tearing themselves apart. The establishment powerbase is fighting the whackjob Teapers — and meanwhile, a contingent is emerging that is actually willing to work with the Democrats, because they have seen that is what We the People want them to do.

  16. shiloh says:

    Chris Hayes just mentioned on Countdown the increase in TX’s population re: the new census was/is (((85%))) Hispanic/African-American!

    be afraid Bartles, be very afraid ~ as winger’s continue to be too clever by half w/their unconstitutional gerrymandered redistricting …

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