Besides, why did it take days for Holder to just say no?
Three men who belong to the Senate Democratic Caucus -- Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Pat Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- voted against Brennan. It can't be easy to see yourself as strong on civil liberties when your party's top cat has such a schizophrenic approach -- waterboarding bad, drones good -- to human rights.
To me, the big question is: Why did Obama change from waterboard foe to drone devotee? Once in office, did he realize he was wrong about Bush policies -- in which case he should say so -- or has he come to believe that he is so darn wonderful that he can do no wrong?