All too often, however, Congress functions as a zero-sum game where one party’s support always leads to the other’s knee-jerk intransigence. (See: a national health insurance mandate.) Let’s hope this emerging bipartisan push against military-style police is different; its popularity on both sides of the political aisle exists despite its unpopularity among party elders. And neither Democrats nor Republicans can credibly claim it as their own. After all, remind me: what, exactly, have the Democrats done to slow the creeping militarization of police, or to champion sentencing reform in our courts?”

Read the rest at Salon. “Spineless frauds exposed by Ferguson: Where pols really stand on militarized cops