John McCain, in one of his mavericky moments, offered up some opposition to the Bush torture regime. Now, though, he's taken to urging Bush to keep a torture loophole open. Basically, Bush wants a ton of torture, McCain prefers a moderate level of torture. This is one of several reasons why I, unlike Hillary Clinton, don't think McCain passes the "commander in chief" threshold in a particularly impressive way. I'd like a commander-in-chief who's prepared to govern the country in a manner consistent with our laws and traditions, as well as sound interrogation practice, international law, and basic standards of human decency.

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