Every time Ray McGovern rushes to assure the world that Barack Obama is saintly and special, he justifies what is happening and tells Americans not to worry. Maybe that is his secret plan, I do not know. But I know he could call out Bully Boy Bush for actions like Mr. Obama's. But with Mr. McGovern's embarrassing "I can see inside his soul" political porn, outrage is never allowed to build. Glenn Greenwald (Salon via ICH) notes the poll as well:
Repulsive liberal hypocrisy extends far beyond the issue of Guantanamo. A core plank in the Democratic critique of the Bush/Cheney civil liberties assault was the notion that the President could do whatever he wants, in secret and with no checks, to anyone he accuses without trial of being a Terrorist – even including eavesdropping on their communications or detaining them without due process. But President Obama has not only done the same thing, but has gone much farther than mere eavesdropping or detention: he has asserted the power even to kill citizens without due process. As Bush’s own CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden said this week about the Awlaki assassination: “We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him but we didn’t need a court order to kill him. Isn’t that something?” That is indeed “something,” as is the fact that Bush’s mere due-process-free eavesdropping on and detention of American citizens caused such liberal outrage, while Obama’s due-process-free execution of them has not.As far as I am concerned, we are the community that did the most work on the issue of standards. We held Barack Obama accountable when others -- including Mr. Greenwald -- were offering excuses. We criticized him in the same manner that we took on Bully Boy Bush. Far too many refused to do so and they are a part of the reason that the polling results were what they were.
You either believe in accountability or you do not. Ray McGovern is a wack job. Always offering how something is Hillary Clinton's fault or Susan Rice's or . . . It never gets around to Mr. McGovern finding the guts to call out Mr. Obama with the same pointed and righteous anger he had previously used for Bully Boy Bush.
It is not that people are stupid, it is that they have repeatedly been told -- in word and in action -- that whatever Mr. Obama does is okay and must not be criticized.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: