From which we can take the following lessons:
- It's unclear that our political system has the fortitude to save itself anymore.
- If you're running for President, it's dangerous to take a stand against torture--even if, like John McCain, you've been tortured yourself.
- It takes a real beating--like the one Alberto Gonzales gave
Richard(one good reason not to blog before coffee) Mark Pryor when heAGAG appointed Tim Griffin and attempted to "gum to death" that nomination--to convince a Senator that these votes matter (Pryor voted against confirmation).
And consider this: Muksaey, who played the same word games Gonzales did in his nomination hearings and who refused to say waterboarding is illegal, had a much greater margin of comfort than Gonzales had when he was approved for the same position (the difference is mostly due to the Presidentials not voting).
Update: pronoun clarified per JGabriel.