Peter Daou wants to know if Democrats and so-called liberals are hypocrites on civil liberties. Peter effectively answers that question, while leading off with another:
Glenn Greenwald has spent the duration of Obama’s presidency asking a fundamental question of the left: why are George W. Bush’s transgressions acceptable when President Obama embraces – and expands – them?
Glenn’s latest post on the topic goes directly at the intellectual dishonesty he sees reflected in a new Washington Post poll:
During the Bush years, Guantanamo was the core symbol of right-wing radicalism and what was back then referred to as the “assault on American values and the shredding of our Constitution”: so much so then when Barack Obama ran for President, he featured these issues not as a secondary but as a central plank in his campaign. But now that there is a Democrat in office presiding over Guantanamo and these other polices — rather than a big, bad, scary Republican — all of that has changed, as a new Washington Post/ABC News poll today demonstrates. …