News that Obama secretly seized the telephone records of AP reporters is twisting progressives’ knickers into knots: who do they side with here? Up til now they’ve offered fully supine support to the Man from Kenya, dismissing his gun running scheme to Mexico and the lies that accompanied it, his refusal to close Gitmo, his expansion of the drone war against US citizens, the Benghazi cover up, and on and on, because he was their ruler and could do no wrong.
But now he’s turned on the other institution that can do no wrong, the liberal press. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Oh, how can they decide? Their immediate response, I predict, will be to pull a Fudrucker: “nothing to see here, move along, move along”, but if the media keeps the story alive, and this is one story it won’t ignore, the progressives will be forced to choose. My second prediction: they’ll get in line as directed by their Stalin; they’ve certainly done that so far.
The Obama administration has aggressively investigated disclosures of classified information to the media and has brought six cases against people suspected of providing classified information, more than under all previous presidents combined.