Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs makes an unmistakably accurate forecast regarding the latest episode of the Greenwald saga: "This is shaping up to be an emoprog outrage of epic proportions."
As noted, yes, that's unmistakable. But I've gotta say, I've just about had it with both extremes: the bugbearing FireDogLake types who see President Obama as a hydraheaded monster of Nixonian proportions, as well as with Obama's 100 percenters who trip over their hypocritical tongues (from which we got eight years of epic "outrage" at W.'s regime for committing strikingly similar acts) defending every last bloody thing this administration does.
Obama is no Nixon; that should go without saying. On the other hand the Obama administration's record on civil liberties is hardly steeped in virtuous American innocence. That too should go without saying. But it doesn't, it can't, because neither crowd will say or write anything not ideologically pre-approved by its cheering spectators. Both sides are idiotically absolutist, so round and round they go, like squaring-off adolescents in a schoolyard fight.
All things political were actually healthier for the left under Obama's predecessor. Whatever George W. did, his rank-and-file Bushies applauded; the dumb bastard could simply do no wrong in their eyes, right down to invading the wrong country. Brilliant! For eight years we laughed at the Bushies and chuckled and wondered at their appalling toadyism. Now look at us. It's embarrassing. On the other hand George W. never really had a right-wing contingent of the vastly disgruntled, as Obama has the "emoprogs." The right stayed relatively unified; the left is unraveling.
Oh well, I guess it's what we do. That--and never learn.