Good gravy. Is there anything this creature won’t say?
ROMNEY: …you said the person is going to be in Guantanamo. I’m glad they’re at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them in Guantanamo where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons. I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo. We ought to make sure that the terrorists… (APPLAUSE) … and there’s no question but that in a setting like that, where you have the ticking bomb, that the president of the United States, not the CIA interrogator, the president of the United States has to make the call and enhanced interrogation techniques have to be used. Not torture, but enhanced interrogation techniques, yes.
No access to lawyers. Because if they had access to lawyers, they might be able to prove they’re not terrorists, and that would be bad, because we already know they’re terrorists, otherwise they wouldn’t be there, and there are surely more of them, so let’s double it.
Applause, yes, they all applauded. “Enhanced interrogation techniques”, oh yes indeed. (I don’t watch “24”, so I guess I’m seriously missing out on a major bit of the Zeitgeist here.)
The ease and fluency with which Romney and others play to that fascistic streak in our culture is pretty amazing. It’s like we’re all part of some vast social experiment, like Milgram’s electrical shocks, or the Stanford prison experiment. It’s pretty easy to be sadistic. What we imagine to be our core of integrity is actually quite fragile.
(Credit, of course, to McCain for not being so quick to despair in our electorate’s basic decency.)