February 04, 2005
Praktike Reports that Christopher Dodd Is a Senator
What Dodd said | Liberals Against Terrorism: Connecticut's best Senator on the Gonzales nomination:
Mr. President, as I said earlier, the outcome of this nomination is in little doubt at this hour. I do not expect that the nominee in question is paying attention to these proceedings. But I hope he will pay heed to the lessons of history. In his second State of the Union address, Lincoln said that, in giving or denying freedom to slaves, "We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth."
The issue then was how our nation treats the enslaved. The issue today is in some respects no less profound: how our nation treats its enemies and its captives, including those in places like Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay.
By treating them according to our standards -- not theirs - we feed the flame of liberty and justice that has rightly led our nation on its journey for these past two and a quarter centuries....
As for the other guy (who voted yes to Gonzales with seemingly great enthusiasm), tough question. There are strong arguments in favor of mounting a primary challenge, just as there is a strong case for keeping him around. I haven't made up my mind, but I'm leaning against a real challenge. The Democrats don't need to be shrinking the tent right now, so maybe someone just needs to convince him to be less of a goober. Just scare him a little?
Posted by DeLong at February 4, 2005 01:08 PM