President Obama yesterday declined to rule out legal consequences for Bush administration officials who authorized the harsh interrogation techniques applied to "high-value" terrorism suspects, saying the attorney general should determine whether they broke the law.
Good. Morally good, Constitutionally good. Politically good? Not in the short term.
The right will hate it, and unhinged leftists like me don't give a lot of credit for what should be the baseline -- holding high officials accountable when they break the law. Doing what you're supposed to do? OK, fine. Now surprise me! You're the one who wanted to be President...
UPDATE Leahy, too. Good. If the Republicans are set on holding their breath 'til they turn blue, let 'em. Go ahead on your own. The country has an accounting to render to itself, and if letting go of the bipartisan schtick is the only way to make a searching and fearless moral inventory, then so be it.