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DeMint Says More Time Needed to Debate START; Admin. Notes He Missed 7/12 Foreign Relations Hearings
ABC News- Political Punch ^ | 12/15/2010 | Jake Tapper & Matt Jaffe

Posted on 12/16/2010 9:03:05 AM PST by Qbert

Frustrated with Sen. Jim DeMint’s support for a move to require an oral reading of the START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia – a move that could take as long as 12-15 hours in these waning lame duck days -- an Obama administration official notes that DeMint only attended five of the 12 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on START, nor was he present for the final vote to order the treaty reported on the 16th.

DeMint attended the May 18 and 19, June 15 and 24, and July 14 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, plus the Committee markup session on Sept. 16.  

Tweeted Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., just now: “# of hours to read START on Sen. floor = 12-15, # of comm. hearings DeMint missed on START = 7. No wonder he needs to have it read to him.”

DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton says that his boss supports the reading of the full treaty precisely as a way to delay the vote.

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Denton says that a delay makes sense because despite repeated requests, “the Obama Administration has refused to share the full negotiating record of the START Treaty with the Senate.” Moreover, he pointed out that the newly elected Republican senators have all requested that they have a chance to review the START Treaty in January.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: demint; present; start; starttreaty; vote
Time to "go rogue", DeMint. Your colleagues are a bunch of losers...don't let them drag you down. The clock is ticking...
1 posted on 12/16/2010 9:03:11 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Drudge is reporting that he’s already caved (??)


2 posted on 12/16/2010 9:05:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Qbert

Anyone who has seen photos of Senate sessions understands that most of the time nobody is there. They only turn up when it’s time to vote.

If DeMint attended three of these meetings, it’s probably more than most Senators. But of course, this is the media regurgitating.


3 posted on 12/16/2010 9:06:09 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Qbert

This doesn’t explain why the admin hasn’t made the negotiation records available...


4 posted on 12/16/2010 9:06:46 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Is there anyone in Govt. we can trust? If you are on a committee and have a meeting, then go to it. Now he is going to have to cave in.

America is just so screwed - no one on either side cares about anything but themselves.


5 posted on 12/16/2010 9:08:03 AM PST by kezzek
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I figured it was only a matter of time until he was slapped down by the Republicrat ‘leadership’ and folded .


6 posted on 12/16/2010 9:08:31 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: Tupelo

Either they’ve all folded, or they think they have the votes to stop it without the added tactical delay. Which is it?


7 posted on 12/16/2010 9:09:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Qbert
If DeMint had any guts he'd say "You lost" to Obama, and tell him that no more legislation will be passed until the new Congress is seated.
8 posted on 12/16/2010 9:09:54 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: kezzek

Like most of the organizations, business and otherwise, that I’ve been involved with throughout my life; the guys at the top love the power and perks, but don’t expect work, leadership, or hard decisions from them.


9 posted on 12/16/2010 9:12:20 AM PST by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Cicero

“Anyone who has seen photos of Senate sessions understands that most of the time nobody is there. They only turn up when it’s time to vote.”

Yep.

Plus, Obama as a candidate claimed his “foreign policy experience” based upon some committee that never even met...and claimed he was on committees that he wasn’t even on. And nobody ever raised a stink about that...


10 posted on 12/16/2010 9:14:18 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

The only reason for the delay is the midterm elections. And with the new Congress set to gavel in after the new year Dingy Harry is cramming it through the lame duck.


11 posted on 12/16/2010 9:15:49 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: mewzilla

“This doesn’t explain why the admin hasn’t made the negotiation records available...”

He needs to seize on this and keep repeating it until everybody gets it.


12 posted on 12/16/2010 9:15:57 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Not to mention what the heck good are the hearings if the admin refuses to hand over the negotiation records?


13 posted on 12/16/2010 9:16:00 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: Qbert
So Obama misses 80% of his votes and that's ok, but De Mint misses 5 of 12 and that's horrible?? No, won't fly.
14 posted on 12/16/2010 9:16:21 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Qbert
He needs to seize on this and keep repeating it until everybody gets it.

Amen, brother.

What in perdition did Barry agree to?!

15 posted on 12/16/2010 9:16:57 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yep.

LLS


16 posted on 12/16/2010 9:21:44 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Drudge is reporting that he’s already caved (??)

Sadly that is what I understood as well, that he was not going to call for a reading after all...

The GOP needs to stop worrying about what the media and liberals are going to say about them and start doing what is good for your country (and by extension the free world), if not those who want to kill America are still winning the war...
17 posted on 12/16/2010 9:22:13 AM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: LS

“So Obama misses 80% of his votes and that’s ok, but De Mint misses 5 of 12 and that’s horrible?? No, won’t fly.”

But it only seeps in with many people if this (and everything else) is repeated over and over and over. I know it sounds silly, but...

There are a lot of stupid people out there who simply don’t understand things the first hundred times they hear it.

Communication, repetition, seizing the public’s attention, etc.- so many of the GOP’s woes could be wiped away if we just made our points like the Dems do, and worked around the media instead of waiting for them to rescue us.


18 posted on 12/16/2010 9:27:08 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

What he attended in the summer has no bearing on whether he needs information he thinks is important now. He can get that in January. Suck it WH. It’s DeMint perrogative as a Senator before he advises and does not consent, Zero loses.


19 posted on 12/16/2010 9:33:29 AM PST by rod1
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Buckeye McFrog
Bravado is fine as long as you have the ability to back it up. In this case Dirty Harry has the 67 votes needed for ratification and DeMint knows it. He can delay for a short time but he cannot stop it. The problem with this issue is not DeMint, but the Rino’s who said they will support the treaty.
20 posted on 12/16/2010 9:48:21 AM PST by buckalfa (Confused and Bewildered With a Half Empty Glass)
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To: Qbert

Why attend somethin that is WRONG for the country?

DeMint doesn’t need MULTIPLE sessions of b.s..

Just a FEW problems with START:

Other shortcomings the treaty raises include:

Like any treaty, New START is only as solid as the inspection regime that backs it up. Critics say the verification measures in the treaty are far weaker than previous arms reduction deals.

Russia already is widely believed to be in violation of other international accords. It failed to abide by international agreements to withdraw all of its forces from South Ossetia following the war in Georgia, and the Strategic Posture Commission has declared that Russia “is no longer in compliance” with agreements to limit deployment of tactical nuclear weapons.

Russia has been loath to cooperate with international sanctions against Iran and has provided anti-aircraft missiles to Venezuela, a close ally of Iran.

Also, Russia continues to engage in Soviet-style espionage against the United States. The latest example was the discovery of a massive Russian “sleeper cell” network in the United States.

Washington Times columnist Bill Gertz recently revealed that a State Department memo extensively documents secret talks between the Russians and the administration on missile defense — despite assurances that no such deal was being discussed. McCarthy writes: “Obama not only is philosophically opposed to robust missile defense, but has actually reneged on missile-defense commitments the nation made to Poland and the Czech Republic.”

Because the new treaty would limit launchers, it encourages the Cold War-era practice of MIRVing, that is, placing multiple warheads on a single missile. The SS-18 of that period was called a “city-buster” because each launcher contained 10 missiles that could be independently targeted to rain death on U.S. cities.

The treaty does not constrain the quality of offensive missiles. Russia is embarking on an extensive modernization program. The administration has promised to do the same for U.S. missiles, but so far the funds have not been requested.

http://www.newsmax.com


21 posted on 12/16/2010 3:24:37 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What would it matter if DeMint acted out like a CHILD and said,

“You lost” to Obama, and tell him that no more legislation will be passed until the new Congress is seated.

LOL!

I would hope you wouldn’t expect him to act so childish and he doesn’t have the authority to do that or make it happen. Remember the DEOMNCRATS are still the MAJORITY right now. DeMint is a REPUBLICAN.

Let’s not be so silly. We already have an imbecile posing as our President.


22 posted on 12/16/2010 3:27:38 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Qbert
Yes, “Go Rogue” LOL!

Thank you Sarah Palin for endorsing a major RINO, McPain!

Yes, Sarah, you endorsed and campaigned for McPain in the arse.

...

“Key senators said to favor New Start include Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and George Voinovich of Ohio. Anyone who wonders why there is such a headlong rush to ratify a treaty that raises grave national-security issues should contact them and demand an answer. “

http://www.newsmax.com

23 posted on 12/16/2010 3:31:35 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
P> Thank you Sarah Palin for endorsing a major RINO, McPain!

Yes, Sarah, you endorsed and campaigned for McPain in the arse.

...

“Key senators said to favor New Start include Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and George Voinovich of Ohio. Anyone who wonders why there is such a headlong rush to ratify a treaty that raises grave national-security issues should contact them and demand an answer. “

http://www.newsmax.com

24 posted on 12/16/2010 3:32:45 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

Do you like Ronald Reagan?


25 posted on 12/16/2010 4:53:33 PM PST by Qbert
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