Next week, I'm informed via troubled White House sources, will see the full unveiling of Karl Rove's fall election strategy. He's intending to line up 9/11 families to accuse McCain, Warner and Graham of delaying justice for the perpetrators of that atrocity, because they want to uphold the ancient judicial traditions of the U.S. military and abide by the Constitution. He will use the families as an argument for legalizing torture, setting up kangaroo courts for military prisoners, and giving war crime impunity for his own aides and cronies. This is his "Hail Mary" move for November; it's brutally exploitative of 9/11; it's pure partisanship; and it's designed to enable an untrammeled executive. Decent Republicans, Independents and Democrats must do all they can to expose and resist this latest descent into political thuggery. If you need proof that this administration's first priority is not a humane and effective counter-terror strategy, but a brutal, exploitative path to retaining power at any price, you just got it.
Digby predicts the conscientious conservative trio are going to do what the Prez's would-be opposition has been doing for 6 years now: go on TV and get up on their high horse, bemoaning the direction the president is taking our country in, and then go into the Capitol Building and fold like a cheap suit.
I'm just surprised Arlen Specter didn't take another opportunity to slide up to the cameras and do his faux vertebrate finger-wagging act. Admittedly, he's still not finished pushing his FISA evisceration bill (no seriously, it makes the president's pursuit of a FISA warrant to wiretap Americans optional). I guess he can only cave on one principle at a time.