Steve Benen writing for Washington Monthly:
There was a time, not too long ago, that the political world would look to these proxies as evidence of merit. If Lugar, Scowcroft, Kissinger, James Baker, Reagan Secretary of State George Schultz, Reagan Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein, Reagan Chief of Staff Howard Baker, and Colin Powell endorsed a treaty related to national security—and all of these Republicans have urged ratification of New START—it stood to reason that the measure would enjoy enthusiastic Republican backing. When six former secretaries of state and five former secretaries of defense from both parties; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; seven former Strategic Command chiefs; national security advisers from both parties; and nearly all former commanders of U.S. nuclear forces were all on the same—as they are now on New START—the proposal on the table would fairly be described as a “no-brainer.”
But that was before. Before what, exactly? Well, before the contemporary Republican Party became the contemporary Republican Party.
Benen goes on to note that even moderate (yes there seem to be a few left) Republican Senator Susan Collins, who has reserved judgment on how she will vote until the resolution comes to the floor, can not be swayed by the long list of Republican elder statements that have come to the defense of START. But Collins did note it could make a difference if Obama could get George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, both former presidents, to appear with him in support of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.