McCain not torturey enough for conservatives

The WaPo reports that presumed GOP presidential candidate John McCain's stance on terrorism may alienate conservative Republican voters.


[S]ome prominent conservatives are branding him a disloyal Republican and an unreliable conservative because of his assertiveness on the detainee issue.
The senator's actions "are blocking our ability to gain from terrorist captives the vital information we need," said a front-page editorial Saturday in the Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., the largest newspaper in the state with the first presidential primary. Conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh said Friday that opposition to Bush's approach "is going to go down as the event that will result in us getting hit again, and if we do, and if McCain, et al., prevail, I can tell you where fingers are going to be pointed."
Justin Gardner at The Moderate Voice sums it up rather succinctly: "McCain is hearing it from the Republican base over the torture amendment. They want torture. He doesn't."

(The Moderate Voice)
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