Torture Passes With Veto Proof Majority
So the worlds most deliberative body just gave El Presidente the big FU!
Why the following 9 schmucks think its OK to torture anybody (which I have previously stated as anti-american) is beyond me, why they would go on record with it is simply batshit crazy:
Now I wont go into the juicyness of bashing each one of these guys. You can find that elsewhere. However, why is our media so lazy. I have read the NYT, and the WaPo accounts of this vote. They both state the "stiff opposition" this ammendment faces in the House, and the threat of veto by El Presidente. In fact, the WaPo account cites suggests "tweaking the measure" so that it will more easily suits the torture supporter's demands:
Despite his victory last night, McCain has two major obstacles remaining: House GOP leaders object to attaching it to a spending bill, and Bush could veto it. However, senior GOP Senate aides said they believe the differences could be bridged, either by tweaking the measure or by changing the field manual.
How can we trust the people running the country when they don't know their own rules?:
Veto-proof describes those votes with a margin sufficient to override a veto, should it occur.
Since a 2/3 vote is required to override, a veto-proof majority is 290 in the House and 67 in the Senate.
These things don't happen in a vacuum, a few phone calls by some tough Senators should do the trick here.
Besides, I am sure that House Repugnicans are looking at their recent leader's mishaps as a sign that perhaps taking the high road on some issues (such as torture) is looking politically prudent nowadays, no?
So if a veto proof majority exists in the Senate, I am sure it can spill-over into the House.