Via the Raw Story:
Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) expressed their support for President Bushâ€™s Attorney General choice on the Senate floor mid-afternoon today.
Sen. Lieberman, however, went above and beyond Gonzales to offer support for the U.S. policy of deny rights to Guantanamo Bay detainees. He called the decision â€œprogressiveâ€ and â€œremarkably just,â€ citing the fact the Bush Administration opted to provide the inmates with food, water, shelter, blankets and the ability to practice their religion.
Lieberman is one of the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus, and was Al Goreâ€™s choice for vice president during his failed presidential bid.
The senator said that Gonzalesâ€™ defense of torture memos had to be understood in the context of September 11, 2001.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to appreciate the context,â€ Lieberman said, â€œpost-Sept. 11.â€
He also said he had a â€œspecial sensitivity to people who break barriers,â€ noting the fact that Gonzales was Hispanic, and said the nominee had an â€œindependence of spirit.â€
Lieberman is a favorite of President Bush, who offered him a peck on the cheek after his State of the Union Address Wednesday evening.
I’m beginning to think that if we discovered ovens being built at Guantanamo, Lieberman would say that it was “mildly distressing”.