There are 17 paragraphs in the New York Times front page story about the START treaty. Fifteen of them are devoted to the giant risk that President Obama is taking in pushing our most vestigial legislative body to hold a fucking vote on a treaty that’s critical for our national security.
If you want to read about the real importance of START, one of the few remaining DC news organizations, McClatchy, has the actual news. Or, you can read one of about a dozen START-related posts on Daniel Larison’s blog, like the aptly-titled Wasting Time.
I don’t think I’m being partisan or tribal to point out that if the tables were turned, and Democrats were opposing START over the wishes of a Republican President, that they’d be mau-maued into next week by the press and Republicans, because our vital and sacred national security is at stake. Instead, we have a bunch of “is he rough enough” “is he tough enough” bullshit speculation about Obama’s manly ability to get John Kyl to stop grandstanding about this uncontroversial and necessary vote.