McCain voted Nay, which was spun by the left as hypocrisy based on his previous insistence on adhering to the Army Field Manual for interrogations and his views on GTMO. But oddly, Hillary and Obama both failed to register a vote on the initial bill. Weird, since one would expect that would have been easy political pickins.
Bush's veto will be re-spun both in the lefty blogosphere and even from the MSM, but it'll be interesting to see how they react to Obama and Hillary's reaction this week after both failed to stand up and be counted on the initial bill.
It also might be worthwhile to flip back in time to the year 2002, when 9/11 was fresh on everyones' minds:
Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.During that same time the buzz phrase was "connecting the dots", as in, Bush didn't. It's amazing to see where things stand now with the notion of an imminent threat gone from the public radar. For what it's worth, we're approaching the same time interval between the first and second WTC attacks.
"The briefer was specifically asked if the methods were tough enough," said a U.S. official who witnessed the exchange.