Ever since the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the U.S.-Russia New START nuclear-reductions accord this afternoon, I’ve received statements from President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretaries Gates and Clinton and Senator Kerry. All of them are cheering the vote, in order to get the press to write about the Big Victory they recorded today. And indeed: it’s a step forward for a treaty that any sensible person would have to conclude deserves ratification.

The trouble is that none of these statements actually explain, hint at or otherwise indicate how to get 67 votes in the Senate for the treaty.