Aaaannnd…. That’s More Of The Same!
November 11, 2008
Midway through my first cup of coffee so I don’t want to try forming any overly-complex thought just yet, but I guess asking for two straight mornings of post-Bush good news was asking too much. Sigh. (Oh, how I long for the days before Big Brother — intel policy and TV show both!)
And I’m going to channel Larison [UPDATE: Links in, including one from today!], and say that even though they’re going to take their time (apparently) evaluating everything to see what stays and what goes when it comes to domestic spying, etc., this is not the logic I want to see fourth paragraph:
“He’s going to take a very centrist approach to these issues,” said Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations. “Whenever an administration swings too far on the spectrum left or right, we end up getting ourselves in big trouble.”
Let me offer a correction, Mr. Cressey. The type of trouble we should be concerned about doesn’t really correlate to the left-right axis. It correlates to the constitutional-unconstitutional axis, or, otherwise construed, the “Theory of the Unitary Executive!”-“No, that’s bullshit, and terrifying bullshit at that!” axis.