Well, you know how it goes:
“In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration.
. . .
“Is there anything material that has happened” that might have caused the Justice Department to shift its views, asked Judge Mary M. Schroeder, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, coyly referring to the recent election.
“No, your honor,” Mr. Letter replied.
Judge Schroeder asked, “The change in administration has no bearing?”
Once more, he said, “No, Your Honor.” The position he was taking in court on behalf of the government had been “thoroughly vetted with the appropriate officials within the new administration,” and “these are the authorized positions,” he said.”
Those that hold that the meaningful differences between our current and immediately former President have been lambasted from all fronts,
Yet it’s hard to see the difference between the fight for this stimulus package and the push for the PATRIOT Act, or the Afghan/Iraq Wars. Both were spurred on by an emergency situation — a financial market (and sense of economic security) downfall in the former, a World Trade Center (and sense of national security) downfall in the latter. The immediate reaction was a shrill, Chicken Little, “We have to do something!” without considering whether or not ‘nothing’ might be the best feasible outcome. So it goes.
This is not a right/left thing — both sides have revealed their authoritarian leanings. What Obama will accomplish is a ‘hipping’ of Caesar, taking the powerful executive crafted by his predecessor and turning it into something that the masses like, rather than loathe. ‘Cause, y’know, ‘YES WE CAN” and all that.