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Johann Hari writes: So what will be left of the Republican Party after next week's US election? The answer lies in the sands of Florida, where the sunshine-state Republicans have nominated an unrepentant torturer as their candidate for Congress. They view his readiness to torture an innocent Iraqi not as a source of shame, but as his prime qualification for office. This is American conservatism in the dying days of Bush – and it points out the direction that Sarah Palin would like to take it in 2012.


In August 2003, Colonel Allen West – commanding a US unit in Baghdad – heard a rumour that one of the Iraqi policeman he was working with was a secret insurgent. He ordered his officers to go and seize Yehiya Hamoodi, a thin, bespectacled 31-year-old, from his home. They dragged him into a Humvee, beat him, and then handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded him. In a dank interrogation room, they told him he had better start talking.... Read more.

Question: Is this well enough known in the US and is this the direction of travel for the Republican Party? And, if so, what is its future?


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fauxklore wrote:
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
I don't live in Florida and know little about most candidates for Congress there, so I would say the story is not well known.

But I think it is unfair to generalize about the Republican party on the basis of it. Nor do I see any actual evidence that his willingness to torture is being treated as his major qualification for office.

There are plenty of candidates of both major parties with dubious backgrounds.

One of my political heroes, James Longley, ran for governor of Maine as an independent (and won, largely on the platform that he hated everyone and everything. Would it be fair to conclude that independents are hateful based on that?
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