Susan Collins, Olymia Snowe, Richard Lugar, Mike DeWine, Gordon Smith, John Sununu, Lincoln Chafee, and Chuck Hagel join the Democrats and the leading Republicans on the Armed Services Committee on retaining the Geneva Convention. One word about Sununu: he really is one of the last Goldwater conservatives in the Senate. I'm not surprised by his vote on Geneva, but I'm heartened nonetheless. He's an under-reported Republican defender of individual liberty - a rarer and rarer species these days in the authoritarian Christianism of the GOP. Notice theocon Kathryn-Jean Lopez's dismay that the U.S. may be required not to practise torture.

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