If you were a Republican, and the Democratic White House just opened unprecedented numbers of government records to the public, what would you do?
Not that I disagree with the idea of opening up the government to scrutiny by the rest of us. Just the reverse! I am thrilled to see Obama live up to a promise involving government records. Too bad the media won’t take sides every time rightwing activists lose their shit over some ordinary thing (it might compromise their evenhandedness) and Obama will most likely end up regretting it.
Don’t get too excited about any Plamegate docs showing up. Obama has blocked every chance to shine daylight on the last administration. You might as well remember it now or else you’ll keep getting disappointed again and again – he does. not. want. that. fight. Congress will have to force him to move forward on accountability for Gonzo, Plame, Iraq, torture or anything else. Otherwise we might as well get used to the eight year memory hole.
Today’s directive will almost certainly cover government operations going forward.