Morning headline and story: Obama launches reelection campaign.
Afternoon headline headline and story: In a Reversal, Military Trials for 9/11 Case:
The Obama administration, ending more than a year of indecision with a major policy reversal, will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other people accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it once planned. –
I’m still trying to figure out why in the world Pres. Obama would launch his reelection, then allow A.G. Eric Holder to step all over it by announcing the Administration is flip-flopping on Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, with his trial now to be a military tribunal.
If these two contrary moves weren’t colossally clumsy they would have to be seen as a giant tell. It’s one or the other.
Obama isn’t worried about anyone’s reaction to his flipping on his decision about KSM’s trial, because he doesn’t care what progressive Democrats think. This isn’t news, but seen in these two colliding moments today they presented a stark political picture.
For a man who’s running for reelection the naked ambivalence he has for his political base would be truly stunning if we weren’t talking about Barack Obama.