Kevin Drum, a Mother Jones blogger, is ordinarily a reliable leftist.
But when President Obama wanted to bomb Libya -- without bothering to
ask Congress first -- Drum was OK with it:
"If it had been my call, I wouldn't have gone into Libya. But the
reason I voted for Obama in 2008 is because I trust his judgment. And
not in any merely abstract way, either: I mean that if he and I were
in a room and disagreed about some issue on which I had any doubt at
all, I'd literally trust his judgment over my own. I think he's
smarter than me, better informed, better able to understand the
consequences of his actions, and more farsighted. I voted for him
because I trust his judgment, and I still do."
So if Obama does the same thing a Republican president would have
done, Drum is happy. He must be happy a lot these days, what with the
expansion of the war in Afghanistan, continuing air strikes in
Drum posted the entry on April 1, prompting fears from his critics
(such as Brian Doherty at Reason magazine) that he was posting a
satire on extreme partisanship, and that he'd come back on April 2
with a new posting, something along the lines of, "Ha, ha, ha! You
really thought I said Obama could launch a new war on a Muslim country
anytime he wanted! April Fool!"
Nope. On April 2, Drum defended his post, although he argued that
readings of it had been "hostile": "But considering that the whole
point of my post was that my trust in Obama's judgment was being
'sorely tested' and that it was only intact 'for now, anyway' — well,
it seems pretty clear to me that I'm hardly treating Obama with
In fairness, Drum ordinarily seems like a good blogger. After looking
at some of the other posts, I decided to follow him. Maybe he just had
a bad day?