Putsch: a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, esp. one that depends upon suddenness and speed. (www.dictionary.com)
The LA Times's Tim Rutten today singled out those Republicans who refused to go along with the Bush administration immoral and illegal end-run around the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions. While I'm not frequently on the same page as Rutten, here he gets it right. It's always a good thing to remind partisans that all is not lost in the opposing party. There are those to whom we can reach out and look for some understanding and cooperation, and whose patriotism can actually be celebrated.
At some point, the American people will demand a precise accounting of how and why their government and its officials behaved in this reckless, appalling fashion. That will require following the chain of command into the White House. When it happens, you can bet that Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington et al will demand every protection of the law and insist on every comma of the due process they've derided as mere inconvenience.
I'm just not sure I have that kind of faith in the American public's attention span.