Getting Republicans to agree to a vote on New START, while hugely important, wouldn’t count as winning something. It has been endorsed by a whole range of GOP foreign policy experts and former officials. It should be a no-brainer. Repealing DADT is the only remaining way this year for Dems to remind their supporters that they are still capable of winning, that there’s a reason to elect Democrats, and that Dems aren’t pathologically predisposed to getting rolled in the name of “compromise.”
Just do it. No nonsense about the calendar. No excuses about GOP obstructionism. Make it happen.
Other than completely ignoring that START is being held hostage for tax cuts, that DADT’s passage is hinged on Scott Brown’s need to look independent for the 2010 election, and that the Republicans have filibustered every major vote of the current session, this analysis makes sense.