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Old 04-28-2009, 01:21 AM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: Torture and the Overton Window

Overall, that's not a bad column. I'm not sure I fully buy his thesis, but the idea is intriguing: what if Cheney had been the nominee, and had taken an unapologetically pro-torture position and really hammered on it? I agree with Ross that given that scenario, it could have worked out well in several ways.

If, however, Cheney actually had been the candidate, I think it is far more likely that he would have stonewalled on the torture issue. I think he is panting for face time on TV now because he is worried about what recent revelations have done to the public mood. A year ago, when these reports and memos were still incomplete and/or classified, Cheney would have had no reason to bring up the issue, and I don't think Obama would have pushed on it any more than he did when running against McCain, either.
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