The Boston Globe did an autopsy of the U.S. Senate's December vote failing to ratify an international treaty on the rights of individuals with disabilities – a measure championed by former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who appeared in the chamber in a wheelchair for the vote. "The deepest wound – some considered it betrayal – came from a Republican senator from Dole's home state of Kansas. That senator, Jerry Moran (in photo), had announced he supported the treaty and would be 'standing up for the rights of those with disabilities,'" the Globe noted. Asked why he voted against it, Moran told the Globe: "I tried to help (the treaty) come to the floor, and had never made a conclusion as to whether I was for or against it, and concluded that it was a bad idea to have the United Nations involved in this." Dole told the Globe: "The home-schoolers thought the U.N. would be involved in how they dealt with their children. I don't know how they got there, but once the stampede starts, they notify their leaders to start ringing the phones, sending the e-mails. It's really effective."
March 25, 2013