Congressmen Lynch and Markey debated tonight. A couple of things I wish Markey had handled better. He couldn’t seem to answer why he voted against a security measure along with only a handful of colleagues, eventually resorting to what struck me as a weak claim of it not being strong enough. Then there was the question of whether DOJ made the right call to try Tsarnaev in federal civilian court as opposed to a military tribunal. Markey said he trusts the DOJ made the appropriate decision given the circumstances. I would have prefered a more adamant expression that you absolutely do not allow the Constitution to yield to the temptation to pretend this is war. Jay Carney gave a stronger defense of the Constitution during a press briefing today. Let this be an open thread on tonight’s debate.