Cheney's charge up the molehill

The last recourse of the rear-guard, the only answer they have left, is that at least the nation has not been attacked at home since 2001. This is a blatant shift in their argument that reflects their fall from power. In office, they constantly w

Republicans have to say something to fill the time allotted to the opposition. Imagine being trapped in the Republican debris, amid a poverty of ideas, and you can understand why they’ve spent the past week trying to conquer a tactical molehill. Never mind the mountains on the horizon—economic recovery, health-care reform, and landmark legislation on energy and global warming. The Republicans have nothing credible to say on the first two; and on the climate bill, the party of business is reduced to a faux populist attack on business for daring to agree to a cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions.

So that leaves Guantánamo. Polling suggests that the public agrees—narrowly—with the Republican position that the prison should stay open. And Republicans can’t resist demagoguing the controversy by raising the specter of Waleed Hortons rampaging across the land. The way the Republicans paint the picture, if Willie’s Muslim brothers are brought to the U.S., they will overcome manacles and isolation to execute the first ever break-out from a super-max federal penitentiary.

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