Michael Scherer studies McCain's position on torture. Marc summarizes McCain's stance. My own view and distinct recall of the passage of the Military Commissions Act is that McCain blinked - and is still blinking in the face of massive pressure from the torture-wing of the GOP, which has at its center the vice-president's office. Largely, I think McCain's stand has been admirable; but it would not be intellectually honest to describe it as steadfast. Maybe if he gets to be president, this nightmare will end. But his legislative actions have ensured legal immunity for the civilian war criminals and the possible continuation of torture under Cheney's and Bush's extra-legal rule.

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