Earlier this week, the GOP went out of its way to remind us just how out of touch they are with the rest of the world by denying ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. They did it in spite of support from more moderate members of the party, including Senator John McCain, while retired Senator Bob Dole (ill and confined to a wheelchair), looked on.
While there might still be some small shred of hope that we can save our country from the ongoing ravages of the Tea-obsessed class of 2010, it’s clear from the illustration above just how far we have to go before we see anything like real progress. The vote on December 4 needed a mere eight additional votes for ratification, but no matter how you slice it, with only three of those leaving office in January, there’s very little chance we’ll see much in the way of change for at least the next two years.
I think we’ll see a bit more positive movement, but unless I’m very much mistaken and the Supreme Court comes through on tossing out some of the more offensive legislation like DOMA, we’re pretty much stuck until 2014.
Best buckle down and enjoy the ride. It’s shaping up to be a long two years.