Eviscerating the Obama presidency for strictly political reasons should normally appall most Americans. But the Republican campaign had proven itself to be so successful during the midterm elections, that there was no way their winning formula was about to be abandoned anytime soon. Especially when they could simply endanger American interests, and then later, come to the rescue with the passage of a similar plan.
Sen. Jon Kyl came right out and said it on Meet the Press:
Politco: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), is signaling the START treaty is dead … “It’s more a view of reality, rather than policy," Kyl said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Are they going to deal with the funding of the government for the remainder of the fiscal year? They’ve got to do that … If we do those things, and then potentially deal with some of the other political issues … there would not be time.”
When host David Gregory asked Kyl if his behavior was "anything other than trying to snub the president," Kyl responded: "Of course."