Congress seems to work better under deadline pressure (like journalists).
Democrats are racing to cram as much through the post-election lame duck session as possible, before their majority turns into a pumpkin when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.
Republicans are grumbling about all the rush, but President Barack Obama went to their pond with some bread — tax cut extensions for the wealthy — so they aren’t quacking too loudly.
The lame duck session of Congress has produced — tax cut extensions have been signed into law, the repeal of “Don’t Ask , Don’t Tell” to allow gays to serve openly in the military will be signed into law tomorrow, and the START treaty is moving toward ratification.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he was “baffled” as to why Senate Democrats can’t wait a month, when MORE REPUBLICANS are seated, to take up START (we think the answer is contained in his question).
Democrats distributed a flier with pictures of prominent Republicans like former President George H.W. Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who support START, and a lone picture of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in opposition.