Fear 1, Dems 0

by Chris Bodenner

Senate Democrats today blocked the $80 million Obama requested to shut down Guantanamo by 2010, insisting on a more detailed plan before doing so. But Joe Klein thinks they simply got spooked:

Guantanamo is a symbol of American brutality that needs to be expunged to the extent possible by closure, as soon as practicable. We have a system of military prisons that would be perfectly adequate to handle the detainees who are not returned to the home countries. Apparently, President Obama is going to give a speech on this topic on Thursday--but the Senators just couldn't wait 48 hours while the Republicans and cable newsistas were scaring their constituents. Yet another profile in courage.