Calling Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart Democrat, a 'torture' Dem smacks a bit of shrill hyperbole.
The shrill hyperbole is calling Feinsten a stalwart Democrat. Only a knee-jerk Democrat who believes anyone with a (D) next to their name can never do wrong would defend Feinstein. Here's her record.-Voted for the war in Iraq( Boxer didn't)-Supports the Patriot Act and Death Penalty.- While on the military contract commitee awarded millions of dollars in funds to her husband's defense company. Fined 200,000 for illegally using her husband's finances in the 1992 election.- Her staff tried to edit the above from Wikipedia. Haha.-- Is Gearing for a war in Iran and confirmed all of Bush's appointees.
What about choice? Social Security? Gun Control? The Environment? Gay rights? A myriad of other issues?I am no 'knee-jerk Democrat' by any means, but I will defend DiFi all day and all night longJust because one is a moderate does not mean one is a DINO. She was the mayor of San Francisco and tried to ban guns for God's sake. This isn't black or white.
It's debatable whether or not bruinkid's characterization of Dianne Feinstein is hyperbole.However, I think we can all agree that it is certainly hyperbole when he states that Keith Olbermann speaks for "true" Americans. That's Bush rhetoric in reverse. Seriously, that's scary.
I say that in the sense that true Americans don't believe America should be torturing prisoners to gather information. Back in WWII, we sentenced a Japanese soldier to 15 years hard labor for waterboarding.I just believe there are some things that are so despicable that they would be considered un-American. And torture is one of them. And waterboarding, which goes back to the Spanish Inquisition, is most certainly torture. There should be warning bells going off when Mukasey won't accept that most basic premise. The American people, by a clear majority, understand that waterboarding is torture. Mukasey's too smart not to get this; you know he's doing this for a reason.And in the last couple months, on quite a few key issues, Feinstein has provided cover for the Bush administration when they deserve none. Explain to me why she helped confirm that right-wing bigoted judge Leslie Southwick. Wanna talk about gay rights? Look at Southwick's record. THAT is the kind of person Feinstein delivered to the Court of Appeals, winning praise from Trent Lott for her actions.She needs to realize California has changed a lot from when she first got elected to the Senate. We're no longer a red state, not even a swing state. She needs to act like a Senator from a solid blue state.But beyond that, there are certain principles no Democrat should ever compromise. Torture is one of them. And allowing this kind of hedging from Mukasey is simply unacceptable, given what we know about the Bush administration, and the depths to which they'll sink.
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