Republicans aren't generally big on respecting the constitutional rights of suspected terrorists, but -- as The New York Times' Gail Collins
pointed out in a funny column yesterday -- they seem to have found their voice on one thing they don't want to deny unlawful enemy combatants: guns. Or, um, bombs.
That's right: GOP reps in Washington are now opposing a bill that would prevent individuals on the F.B.I. terrorist watch-list
from buying explosives and firearms. Forget about Miranda warnings and search warrants; the real worry is that some suspected terrorist might be denied his right to bear arms.
We learned at last night's sole scheduled debate among Republican senate candidates
in California that this particular brand of lunacy is also prevalent in our own state. Both Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore (you may recognize them from their tastefully accessorized sheep avatars
in this recent Democratic attack ad), when asked whether watch-list suspects should be allowed to purchase heavy artillery, answered with a flat "yes." ("If they have not been convicted of a felony," added DeVore.)
Only the supposedly moderate Tom Campbell offered what could be deemed a sane response: "No," he guffawed, as if the question, were, you know, sorta crazy in the first place. Fiorina and DeVore weren't laughing
. "You are seeing an issue where Tom Campbell is way too close to Barbara Boxer for my taste," Fiorina scolded. More likely that Californians were seeing an issue where Fiorina is way too close to Sarah Palin
-- or at least is feigning as much.