Michael, below, echoes some of the frustration that many of us are feeling about the torture debate:
Thanks to Feinstein and Schumer, someone who can’t even tell us what torture is will likely be the next Attorney General.
Andrew Sullivan also ripped a full-throated assault aimed at the Dems the other day:
They both intend to vote for Mukasey, despite his refusal to state that torture, as practised by this administration, is illegal. Every time the Democrats fold on these matters, Cheney tucks a precedent under his belt. Every time they cave into their cowardice and fear, another critical part of our liberty disappears. These precedents are designed to destroy the rule of law and replace it with the rule of a Decider. And they will last for ever, as will the right to torture, because this war is for ever. This is how democracies perish. The rule of law no longer has any party to defend it. The Republicans want no check on the powers of our de facto protectorate. And the Democrats have no spine. We live under the lawless protectorate we deserve. And such lawlessness is always the result when cowards refuse to confront bullies.
While I think we can all agree that the Democrats are supremely spineless, it is important to remember who is to blame here- the Republican party. The Democrats are not the ones creating this situation. It is not democrats running around saying cute things like “You want torture illegal, then ban it!” or “We only torture a little bit!” Those are the Republican position. What the Democrats are guilty of is failing to stop a corrupt and immoral party from doing whatever the fuck it wants. they are not, however, responsible for the torture.
In short, blaming the Democrats for this is not unlike blaming the FDA because someone is slipping poison into Tylenol bottles.