Sleight of hand

If you still believe that Barack Obama is a ninja master playing three-dimensional chess,  rather than just a guy trying to figure out to run an ungovernable country, then you might see the AP and Fox subpoenas as a major strike in favor of the First Amendment.

After all, Republicans scared the hell out of me during the Bush administration by not only supporting tough crackdowns on civil liberties but by calling for charges of treason when the New York Times published stories about illegal surveillance. How to get Republicans to change their minds?

Simple! Just have Barack Obama agree with them. Suddenly, the GOP emerges as staunch defenders of the press. Now all Obama has to do is reluctantly go along with Republican proposals to strengthen civil liberties and press freedom. Problem solved.

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