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Washington | Conservatives leapt to their feet when Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney declared Democrats the party of "No!" - no to balanced budgets, limits on lawsuits, tax cuts and tough interrogations of terror suspects.

File photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, 06/15/08. (photo: Slate)
File photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, 06/15/08. (photo: Slate)

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+7 # Guest 2010-02-21 14:31
Cheney has admitted to odering torture. That is a war crime.
+5 # Guest 2010-02-21 17:13
My reaction exactly ... he HAS confessed to torture, a war crime!
+7 # Guest 2010-02-21 16:20
The fact that Cheney HASN'T been charged with a war crime is one of the worst judicial oversights ever in the history of our nation! The Republicans never paid the price or faced the consequences of the immoral and unconscionable "swiftboating" of Kerry, that even they knew was an egregious lie, perpetrated at the last minute of a crucial campaign, leaving no time for rebuttals or proof to the contrary. That was one of the dirtiest tricks ever foisted on the American public and people should have gone to jail and the election nullified. The Republicans are far more guilty of the most horrid abuses, lies, slander and more, and people need to call them out over these tactics 100% of the time. Yes, untruths have consequences in politics, and Americans have too short an attention span to remember where the worst of these originated and who is to blame! Vote the bums out of office.
+3 # Guest 2010-02-21 16:33
Is it necessary to be charged with a crime in order to confess to it?
+4 # SkeeterVT 2010-02-21 16:50
As the AP's Ron Fournier reported, "Several Republicans at CPAC denounced Obama for putting suspected terrorists in the criminal system rather than trying them in war tribunals. While that's a legitimate point of debate in this era of terrorism, Obama's critics seem to have forgotten — or they chose to ignore — simple facts: The Bush administration sent many terrorists to prison, including a 9/11 co-conspirator and a man who tried to bring down an airplane with a bomb in his shoe.

All were read their rights. All got lawyers. All appeared in court."

They've also forgotten something else -- which Fournier himself failed to report: The military tribunals were three times declared unconstitutiona l by the Supreme Court, leaving Bush with no alternative but to try terrorism suspects in the civilian courts.
+2 # Guest 2010-02-21 20:07
"the former vice president has never been charged with a war crime, much less confessed to one"

Au contraire: Cheney has publicly admitted to organizing the torture of enemy combatants -- or, as we quaint people with consciences describe them. POWs. That is a war crime under the Geneva Convention, under international law, and under US law.

Fournier is guilty of what's killing the (non-partisan) mainstream news media in the US: the belief that balance involves trying to find a halfway mark between reality and outright falsehood. When people of all political stripes all over the world regard Cheney and Bush as war criminals, the correct "balance point" is not to accept the GOP's desperate talking-point excuse for Cheney's behavior.
+2 # Guest 2010-02-21 21:59
It's so predictable - the Republicans accusing the Democrats of doing and being the very things that they are. And of course it goes both ways, but in the long run I think the Republicans are the worst offenders. The hypocracy reeks when it is they who have been recognized as "The Party Of No" for quite some time now. Romney isn't even being clever. More like sophomoric, and the right eats it like candy and as if they invented the concept. Mighty peculiar hyperbole coming from them folks. While Romney happens to sound like a stupid hack, and his peers continue jabbering prepublished talking points that they repeat like a mantra, a collective "om" reverbrating from the right, doesn't it ever phase them that their lack of originality and lack of actual discourse on real solutions to real problems that have awesome reality despite any political persuasion, sounds just plain stupid? We need jobs, we need health care, we need government that works for ALL of us. Partisan? How?
+3 # Guest 2010-02-21 22:49
Let the bas-turds in the GOP jump up and down all they want. They are still wrong, liars and immature. And since the GOP has no interest in compromise unless forced to, Obama must proceed as planned. They will scream, yell and drill, drill, drill baby with their typical BS tactics but let them. I think the American people are starting to see that the GOP is the direct cause of the problems we continue to deal with.
+1 # Guest 2010-02-22 11:15
"Such distortion and dishonesty cause Americans to be increasingly skeptical of — even cynical about — their political institutions and leaders. Once people lose faith in the political system, they're less likely to vote, less willing to pay taxes to support government-run programs, less motivated to run for office themselves and — sociologists say — they're even less likely to get involved in their own communities."

Isn't that exactly what the Republicans want? They think government is evil (unless it is promoting wars, spying on its own citizens, or providing welfare to big corporations). The people turned off by this behavior are much more likely to vote for Democrats, so the Republicans would love for them to all stay home. Unfortunately their tactic will probably work. The Democrats seem to be too naive to see what is happening.

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