Originally Posted by Amnorix
I think most people that are against the death penalty hold that position for one of several reasons:
1. it's morally reprehensible for the state to cause death. How can the state say killing is bad when it is itself killing people. THIS is the position that YOU are referring to. I think, actually, that most people who are against the death penalty are not against it for this reason. Typically you find, for example, devout Catholics and the like holding this position.
2. The death penalty is bad because sometimes innocents are convicted, and you cant' undo death.
3. The death penalty is bad because human bias typically results in uneven, unfair and therefore Constitutionally unacceptable unequal application. Studies have supported this (more blacks get the death penalty when killing whites than vice versa, etc. etc.).
I think MOST people who are against the death penalty in principle are against it for the latter two reasons.
Here, you've got a pretty blatant "yeah, this guy needs to die by needle", and only those who are in category 1 are going to give a damn.
No way. NOOOOOO way. Vast majority of Libs absoutely are opposed to it under any circumstance, hence #1 is the clear runaway reason for it. You really think Stephanie Cutter or Rachel Maddow would agree to executions for anyone who confesses? No effin way.