Beafort, S.C.: Mr. Froomkin --
The "compromise" on detainee rights/suspected terrorist treatment sure looks to me like [the president] got what he wanted, while the McCain/Warner/Graham trio pretty much caved.
Assuming this take on the situation is correct -- how does Bush still weld so much power when he is so wildly unpopular?
Dan Froomkin: That is a great question. It deserves attention.
Off the top of my head, I think it has a lot to do with intimidation by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. One scares them about losing; the other scares them about dying.
That made me laugh out loud. Then I shivered a little. 'Cause it's true.