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Dear Progressives: we beat you on national security issues. Love, the neoconservatives.

Let the pain start now:

President Obama’s choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won’t prosecute intelligence officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration’s policy of “enhanced interrogations.”

Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Republican from Missouri and the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview with The Washington Times that he will support Eric H. Holder Jr.’s nomination for Attorney General because Mr. Holder assured him privately that Mr. Obama’s Justice Department will not prosecute former Bush officials involved in the interrogations program.

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Sen. Bond also said that Mr. Holder told him in a private meeting Tuesday that he will not strip the telecommunications companies that cooperated with the National Security Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks of retroactive legal immunity from civil lawsuits–removing another potential sticking point among GOP senators.

The ACLU is “alarmed” by all of this, of course – no word on whether they had to use a defibrillator to restart her heart first, although personally it wouldn’t surprise me – and they hope that this is a misstatement. Quick hint: the 17/2 vote says that it ain’t. And if it is, we have the perfect excuse to vote against Eric “Chiquita” Holder…

And doesn’t it bother you that you have to defend that guy? Or did you never really care in the first place?

…anyway, he backs out of this and we form the Thin Red Line in the Senate. Obama doesn’t want that to happen, so I think that the neocons win this one. Again.

Now shut up and go raise some more money for the Democrats. That’s the place dictated to you by your betters, so learn it, already.

Moe Lane

PS: Out of curiosity, did it hurt less this time, knowing that they were going to betray you on FISA again?
That’s meant to be rhetorical: I don’t care about the answer. I just want to make sure that you got asked the question.

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