GOP foreign policy stalwarts George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Condi Rice, James Baker and Robert Gates all support passage of President Obama’s START treaty. But only one Republican candidate for president in 2012, Gary Johnson, says he would vote to ratify it.
Johnson, despite impeccable conservative (true conservative, not the Palin variety) credentials, doesn’t have a shot in hell of winning the nomination because he supports marijuana decriminalization. The fact that he cut 10% annual growth in New Mexico’s budget while governor — and his focus on school voucher reforms — will be overlooked because the Christian fundamentalist base does not tolerate social libertarianism.
Those same voters don’t want Republicans to help Obama get any victories, even if the country benefits. Instead of leading on foreign policy, potential 2012 candidates are playing to the Palinites.