It's not like the debate over torture and Guantanamo Bay is anything new - we've been having it for at least seven years. But the circumstances in Washington D.C. yesterday were surely unprecedented: a sitting president speaking broadly on his national security policy while a former vice president spoke just across town defending his administration's unpopular decisions. That was the setup for Obama vs. Cheney, and both Republicans and Democrats run big risks and potential rewards in pursuing the politics of torture. Should the GOP hitch its wagons to the unapologetic Cheney and should Democrats be wary of the "soft on terrorism" charge?
- Jim Pinkerton, lecturer in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University; former senior advisor to Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign
- Ed Kilgore: Managing director of the Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy institute
- Craig Gordon, White House editor for Politico.com