Senator John Warner or Senator Torture? It's His Choice.
by Matt Stoller, Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 02:34:38 PM EST
Let me emphasize Kos's point on John Warner's fear of the liberal blogs. Warner is apparently deciding whether to run for reelection, and he's weighing various factors, including the power of new media. Kos sayeth:
Here's a promise to the Republican Warner -- the Virginia and national blogospheres will be even more sophisticated, bigger, and aggressive than we were in 2006. If John Warner wants to avoid the Allen treatment, then a nice, cushy, comfortable retirement is a great option. Especially since the Dems will remain in the majority (and likely a larger one, at that) beyond 2008.
As one of the primary authors of a bill to let Bush torture people, Senator Warner ought to heed this advice.
You see us good libruls get all persnickety at the trampling of the Constitution by dried up moral traitors, and we're going to bring this up again and again and again if he runs. I don't know if Warner made a 'wise elder' mistake, thinking that compromise is always good, or is a genuinely bad guy, but it really doesn't matter, now does it? His bill passed.
So if Warner runs for reelection, I hope he likes the nickname Senator Torture. It's the only piece of legislation he's actually known for in recent public discourse (and Senator Dodd's going to fight on this, so it's going to come up). Oh, and Warner should also get used to photoshopped pictures like this.
Enjoy dealing with the blogs in 2008, Senator. Also, if you are an creative photoshop artist and want to help describe what his campaign will look like, put the pics in the comments or just email me a link. I don't open attachments, alas.