Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.
An election like this one always calls for both moral centering and political recalibration. Leaders of both parties were talking the morning after the election about cooperation to solve the nation's problems. That will likely also take a movement.
Did President Obama set the bar too high? Last April he embraced the goal of a nuclear free world. Will he now be jeered and criticized if he achieves only the inevitably smaller steps that are feasible?