The House voted today to pass the President's interrogation and detention bill. The roll call vote is here. Democrats voted against the bill by a vote of 160-34. Republicans voted in favor of the bill by a vote of 219-7. Of the 34 Democrats voting in favor of the bill, two are currently in close races for the Senate: Rep. Harold Ford in Tennessee and Sherrod Brown in Ohio.
House Democrats acquitted themselves reasonably well on this issue. Several House members gave very stirring and passionate speeches about defending core American values. It remains to been seen whether Democratic opposition to the bill in the Senate will be anywhere near as overwhelming.
But, we can at least be more optimistic.
Update: By the way, here's a great article by David Luban at Slate about how the torture bill betrays the legacy of Nuremberg and the rule of law created mostly by...well, us. It's hard to even understand how we could fight the dreaded Nazis and at the same time create laws that allow us to put war criminals on trial, and yet in our struggle against a far lessor threat our government seeks to immunize those of our own who could be tried as war criminals. How far have we come?