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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nuance! Senators surveyed on Abdulmutallab

The Weekly Standard surveyed all 100 US Senators to ask them two simple questions:
Does Senator XX believe that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should have been read his Miranda rights? And does Senator XX believe that Abdulmutallab should be tried in civilian courts?
Three Senators - all Democrats - said that the underwear bomber should have been read his Miranda rights. They are Burris, Roland (D-IL)(President Obumbler's replacement), Leahy, Patrick (D-VT), and Reid, Harry (D-NV) (has he given up on being re-elected?). All 40 Republican Senators said no to both questions.

Some other Democrats gave 'nuanced' answers:
Of the Democrats who responded, many gave thoughtful, nuanced answers that were not directly responsive to the questions. Some, like Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas, expressed views that would seem to place her in the "no" category, while others, like Ben Cardin from Maryland, expressed views that suggested they support the administration's handling of Abdulmutallab. Still others, Evan Bayh and Joe Lieberman, said without qualification that Abdulmutallab should not have been Mirandized and should not be tried in civilian courts. (Many Democratic senators have not yet responded to repeated phone calls and emails from THE WEEKLY STANDARD and one staffer, from the office of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, abruptly hung-up on us.)
Where do your Senators stand? Read the whole thing.

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