Matthew Yglesias critiques
Eugene Volokh's enthusiasm
for torturing ordinary criminals (i.e. domestic, non-terrorist). In general, we support Yglesias's reasoning. But we're happy to see law professor Volokh out there loudly trumpeting his views. Why? Because he has aspirations for getting on the California Supreme Court. The more Volokh is on the record advocating repulsive policies, the less likely he will ever make it to the bench.
Or, he could just be auditioning for a seat on the federal judiciary, following the lead of our new attorney general.