Hillary Clinton pushes White House plea for Senate Republicans to support nuclear treaty with Russia

GOP Senate intransigence on the New Start Treaty with Russia was a question that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked to weigh in on in her appearances on three network Sunday talk shows.

That treaty would bar the U.S. and Russia from deploying more than 1,550 strategic warheads and 700 launchers each, and it would resume inspections that were halted when the first Start treaty expired last year.

But Senate Republicans, led by Arizona's Jon Kyl, have said that the treaty shouldn't be jammed through the lame-duck session of Congress.  Is he right?  Or is he just trying to deny the president any type of victory?

Evidence leans heavily towards the latter.  Especially when you have such Republican establishment figures as Henry Kissinger, James Baker and Richard Lugar saying there's nothing wrong with this treaty that it can't be approved right now, as Clinton urged on Fox News Sunday: