I’ve been wondering when we’d hear an actual conservative take a principled position against torture instead of the subject-changing, excuse-making, or moral relativism we’ve mostly seen from the right on this issue.
Sebastian Holsclaw, who described himself as a conservative blogger with a mostly liberal audience (he used to be a regular commentator on a number of the more prominent liberal weblogs) seems to understand that this isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a partisan wedge issue (Exhortation):
The Republican Party has spent so many years in the minority that sometimes I think we have not adjusted to the fact that we are in power. We are in power now. We control both Houses of Congress and we have our people throughout the administration. We don’t need to wait for the Democrats to raise this issue. We can’t hide behind the worry that exploring our practices is going to get a President elected who is going to retreat from Iraq. We are the party which leads the most powerful country in the world. And lead it we must. President Bush must be shown that the Republican Party is not willing to stand for the perversion of our moral standards.