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Liz Cheney the new McCarthy?

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    Reference: Huffington Post, Conservatives Turn Against Liz Cheney - As Bad as McCarthy, March 5, 2010

    Liz Cheney, representing her non-profit organization, Keep America Safe, and whose stated purpose is "to support and defend policies of the Bush/Cheney administration, demonized Department of Justice attorneys as terrorist sympathizers for their past legal work defending Gitmo detainees.

    While we're used to both Dick and Liz Cheney defend the Bush/Cheney administration's stand on torture and the War in Iraq, her charges against respected US attorneys went too far in the mind of many conservatives.

    Paul Mirengoff of Power Line, called Cheney's effort to brand DoJ officials the "Al Qaeda 7," "vicious" and "unfounded."  "It could be worse than some of the assertions made by McCarthy, depending on some of the validity of those assertions," Mirengoff said.

    John Bellinger III, a former legal adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, called the effort "unfortunate." It reflects the politicization and the polarization of terrorism issues," Bellinger said. "Neither Republicans nor Democrats should be attacking officials in each other's administrations based solely on the clients they have represented in the past."

    It remains to be seen, however, if high profile Republican members of Congress will disassociate themselves from her remarks or condemn them.  I won't hold my breath.