Staff expands on his statements last night.
You simply cannot inoculate yourself from having a different voting record. And this triangulation BS that Democrats keep trying weakens them. It makes them wishy washy, untrustworthy. That then feeds into the whole narrative the GOP construct anyway.
Sherrod Brown didn’t avoid any of that yesterday. By constantly running from these issues instead of making a true case, once again Democrats look weak in the eyes of the voters. This vote was a net negative for Brown. Instead of worrying about how some swing voters might have voted he now should be […]Full Story... →
An amendment – proposed by Arlen Specter (R-PA) and largely supported by Democrats – to insert habeas corpus protections into the detainment/torture bill failed to pass by a narrow margin today.
The Senate just killed an amendment to ensure federal courts could review the legitimacy of individual’ imprisonment on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. The amendment had been proposed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It is a fundamental protection woven into the fabric of our Nation,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who supported the measure. It was defeated 48-51, largely along party lines.
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My previous headline about this was “House approves torture“, but in reality it’s much more sinister than that. Glenn Greenwald points out that no longer is Bush simply assuming the legal authority to throw anyone – including US citizens who have never left the country – in a secret jail without the right to challenge in court, he now actually has that authority (or will, when the bill passes the Senate as expected).
This last point means that even if there were a habeas corpus right inserted back into the legislation (which is unlikely at this point anyway), […]Full Story... →
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