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FIVE YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT:

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE WHISTLEBLOWERS PURSUED WITH A VENGEANCE. And they were right! “When President Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency, and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as ‘often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.’ But the Obama Administration has pursued leak prosecutions with a surprising relentlessness. Including the Drake case, it has been using the Espionage Act to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous Administrations combined.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW. Deep-pocketed Dem donor on Obama’s nuke deal: Israel should ‘bomb the living daylights’ out of Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A BLITHERING IDIOT AS VP. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Biden Overstates Deaths in Joplin, Missouri Tornado By 160,839.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A VICE PRESIDENT WHO’D BE AN INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Vice President Joe Biden apologizes to Turkey; UAE mad, too.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT ADDICTED TO UNILATERAL WARMAKING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama tells leaders he doesn’t need their vote for ISIS campaign.

President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists.

The president offered the assurance one day before a prime-time address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. . . .

While Obama told the House and Senate leaders he would welcome congressional action that demonstrates a unified front, the president told the bipartisan group “he has the authority he needs to take action against (ISIS) in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address,” according to the White House.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Obama to better clarify his strategy this week, and the White House has said the president will offer a frank “assessment of this critical national security priority.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest cautioned that the address would not provide a timeline for the military campaign, nor was Obama expected to outline costs for the operation.

Plus: “Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has peaked.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D JUST BE AIR-RAIDING VILLAGES AND KILLING CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “At least nine civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed in a Nato air strike in Kunar province in Afghanistan, officials say. . . . Earlier this month a UN report accused the US of killing hundreds of children in air strikes over the past four years.”

Remember the fierce moral urgency of change? Me neither.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Video: Did Biden get his brother a lucrative contract in Iraq?

They told me if I voted for John McCain, administration cronies and relatives would be getting rich off of Iraq boodle. And they were right!

THAT OBAMA DAILY CALLER VIDEO: Most interesting as proof of media hypocrisy. “For starters, the hypocrisy meter has now blown a gasket. The media crowd that would consider Mitt Romney’s hair-cutting episode to be front page news and has played pin-the-gaffe-on-Romney for an entire election cycle now sniffs that this video is not only not important, but not even news. The mainstream media clown show continues unabated.”

Meanwhile, reader Tim Ryan writes: “I’m thinking the dismissive journalists are right – the video won’t hurt Obama that much, because everyone knows he’s a crypto lefty . . . but it is another body blow to the MSM, which I think will never recover its reputation lost during the Obama presidency in general and in particular their intentional dereliction of duty for two consecutive elections.”

Related: JournoList flashback: MSM Busted Plotting To Kill Jeremiah Wright Scandal.

Among those who were uncovered to be part of the plan to quell Wright coverage were Richard Kim of the Nation, Michael Tomasky of the Guardian, Thomas Schaller of the Baltimore Sun, Holly Yeager of the Columbia Journalism Review, Slate magazine contributor David Greenberg, columnist Joe Conason, Chris Hayes of the Nation, and Spencer Ackerman — then of the Washington Independent.

Strong reported that Ackerman even once “urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, ‘Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.’”

Hey, was Conor Friedersdorf a member of JournoList?

Meanwhile, Nick Gillespie comments:

Whatever else you can say about Barack Obama before he beat John McCain four years ago, his actual presidency has been far, far worse than could have been predicted. Was his boyhood mentor “Frank” a secret communist? Did Bill Ayers write his books? Did young Barry harbor a soft spot for Franz Fanon and smoke dope like a Cheech & Chong extra? Did he get into Columbia despite being an adult illiterate raised in Kenya by Rosicrucians? Let’s play along and say yes to all this and more.

So freaking what? Compare any and all of that to the grim landscape that Obama has presided over like a dime-store Ozymandias. The guy got just about everything he wanted – expanded auto bailout, mega-stimulus, health-care reform, troop surge in Afghanistan, a free pass to deport immigrants and raid legal-under-state-law pot dispensaries. And it hasn’t worked. The best that the Obama administration can do to defend its objectively awful record – don’t forget the inability to muscle a goddamn budget through the Democratic Senate or deliver a deficit under $1 trillion – is to say that it would have been even worse if McCain had been elected. That sort of counterfactual – and the insistence that it’s alway George W. Bush’s fault – is the last resort of a scoundrel. That was the essence of Clint Eastwood’s bizarre but memorable appearance at the Republican National Convention: Obama hasn’t gotten the job done. If anything, he’s made things worse.

That’s certainly true. But then the media didn’t just tell us he was post-racial. They also told us he was smart and competent. Equally true, I’d say.

UPDATE: More Hypocrisy: Obama Voted Against Katrina Waiver.

Obama was one of a small minority in the Senate who voted against the bill that waived the Stafford Act that made assistance funds available to the New Orleans Katrina victims without their having to match them with a 10% contribution.

That’s the same Stafford Act he lied about in his 2007 Hampton speech, the waiver that had actually occurred several weeks before he made the speech, the waiver that he voted against.

See this for a list of those who voted for and against. You’ll note that Obama’s “nay” vote was one of only 14 cast against the act, almost all of them liberal Democrats. No doubt he would say he knew the act would pass and so he felt okay voting against it in order to protest the Iraq war funds that were also part of the bill. But there’s something profoundly distasteful and almost grotesque about him voting against the waiver, knowing the bill had passed despite his vote, and then lying to the audience to make them angry that the waiver hadn’t happened.

Also typical.

MORE: Important Poll- Hilary vs Obama: Whose Fake Black Accent is Better?

MORE STILL: Thoughts from James Taranto:

That the 2007 video is getting wide attention only now does tell us something unflattering–albeit again something hardly novel–about the media. The speech got some coverage at the time–the Chicago Sun Times’s Lynn Sweet published an “as prepared” transcript that left out some inflammatory improvisational bites–but it might have been worth a closer look, if not in 2007 then the following year, when Obama was clearly a serious presidential contender and his association with Wright was blowing up in his face. But journalists in 2008 largely did not take the sort of adversarial approach toward Obama that they are taking today with Romney. Yet while that is a good reason to mistrust the media, it is not a particularly strong argument against voting for Obama.

One other observation is worth making about the difference between 2007, when Obama gave the new old speech, and today: The then-senator’s implicit premise, that America still regarded blacks as something less than full citizens, is manifestly false today in a way that it was not then. America has disproved it precisely by electing a black president.

The left, predictably enough, has responded to the video with shrieks of racism. This is partly reflexive and partly defensive–i.e., an effort to make absolutely certain that the video doesn’t hurt Obama. But suppose Obama gave a speech today like the one he gave in 2007. Could anyone seriously argue that he would not deserve to be held to account for divisive racial demagoguery? There’s a reason why the 2012 video announcing “African Americans for Obama” was so (you’ll pardon the expression) vanilla.

For decades racial appeals have been understood to be evil when directed at whites but acceptable when directed to blacks. That double standard was justifiable when white supremacy was a reality, then a recent memory. It becomes less so with every passing year, and especially with milestones like the election of a black president. The left’s overwrought reaction to the new old Obama video probably doesn’t say much about the state of the 2012 campaign, but it does portend difficulty in maintaining a worldview in which paranoia about racism plays a central role.

Indeed.

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): How Many Anarchists and “Animal Conservationists” Are the Feds Spying On? “The documents show that the use of this sort of surveillance by federal law enforcement agencies, which does not require a search warrant, has rapidly increased in recent years. Between 2009 and 2011 alone, the number of orders for pen and trap authorizations increased by 60 percent—from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011. The increase is even more striking when compared with older figures. Between 2001 and 2011, for instance, there was a sixfold increase—from 5,683 original orders recorded in 2001 to the 37,616 in 2011. What that means is that more people were subjected to pen register and trap and trace surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade, as ACLU’s Naomi Gilens has pointed out.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain. . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

RALPH NADER: Obama’s A War Criminal.

It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more.

On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, they’d . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, POLITICALLY TROUBLESOME INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS WOULD BE HARASSED BY THE AUTHORITIES — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Alleged ‘Innocence of Muslims’ filmmaker taken in for interviewing by deputies.

This running gag isn’t as funny as it used to be. Imagine the uproar if we had a Republican in the White House — but it’s the absence of uproar over these tactics that is really revealing. It’s going to be really hard for the press and pundits who should be raising a stink about this, but aren’t, to play their “have you no decency?” games during a Republican Administration. They’ll try, of course, but they should be treated with the contempt they deserve. And that should start now, actually.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, DOJ GOONS WOULD GO AFTER INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS WHO TROUBLED THE REGIME — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! What??? Holder and Feds ID California man’s role in anti-Islam film. “What country did I just wake up in? Islamic extremists kill an Ambassador abroad and a U.S. citizen’s name and past problems with law enforcement are suddenly in the news?? This is outrageous. They’re looking to undermine the film by destroying him instead of focusing on the murderers. There’s no excuse for this coming from the Feds and Holder.”

It is, however, typical. Harder on those who cause them political trouble at home than on the country’s enemies abroad. Because that’s just how they roll.

Related: Why Defending Free Speech Is More Important than Criticizing Bigotry. The Obama crowd doesn’t care about free speech. Never has, never will.

ROLL CALL: Democrats Split On Wiretap Reauthorization. “The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy on Monday strongly backing the bill, saying the law it reauthorizes has been ‘vital’ to defending the United States from terrorist attacks.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

ANN ALTHOUSE CHALLENGES DANA MILBANK: “Explain your theory/theology and why it’s consistent with American principles of keeping religion and politics separate.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, crazed theocrats in Washington would be reading theological implications into everyday events. And they were right!

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Appeals Court OKs Warrantless Wiretapping. “The federal government may spy on Americans’ communications without warrants and without fear of being sued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision reversing the first and only case that successfully challenged President George W. Bush’s once-secret Terrorist Surveillance Program.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain . . . oh, Hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE ECONOMY WOULD SINK SO LOW THAT NEWSPAPERS WOULD BE VALUED AS APPAREL. And they were right!

UPDATE: Reader Ric Manhard emails: “I followed your link to the newspaper dress. I’m surprised she wasn’t arrested for indecent exposure since neither the Washington Post nor the NY Times cover anything adequately these days.” Heh.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE COUNTRY WOULD BE OVERRUN BY PRUDERY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! CNN puts blurry dots covering the breasts of a woman in a Matisse painting. “The clip is hilarious.”

SCIENCE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: In Vast Effort, F.D.A. Spied on E-Mails of Its Own Scientists. “A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show. What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency’s medical review process, according to the cache of more than 80,000 pages of computer documents generated by the surveillance effort. Moving to quell what one memorandum called the “collaboration” of the F.D.A.’s opponents, the surveillance operation identified 21 agency employees, Congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists thought to be working together to put out negative and ‘defamatory’ information about the agency.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain we’d have a paranoid administration full of surveillance efforts and enemies lists. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL: And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZED THE PRESIDENT WOULD FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Brad Pitt’s mom in fear after slamming Obama.

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Blacks Take It On The Chin In New York. “The New York Times is reporting that more than half of all black New Yorkers are now unemployed, and that they remain unemployed for a year on average after losing their jobs. . . . Numerous businesses have reported payroll increases, and important professional industries like law and accounting are beginning to recover. Blacks, however, have been largely left out of this recovery—including college-educated blacks, who in many cases have been forced to settle for jobs well below their qualifications.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain we’d see an economic catastrophe for African-Americans. And they were right!

CHANGE: House Committee Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers.

A House committee on Tuesday reauthorized broad electronic eavesdropping powers that largely legalized the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The House Judiciary Committee, following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s lead last month, (.pdf) voted 23-11 to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act. The legislation, expiring at year’s end, authorizes the government to electronically eavesdrop on Americans’ phone calls and emails without a probable-cause warrant so long as one of the parties to the communication is outside the United States. The communications may be intercepted “to acquire foreign intelligence information.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D BE SENDING MORE TROOPS TO THE PERSIAN GULF: And they were right!

JOHN YOO ON Obama’s Executive overreach. They told me if I voted for John McCain . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

Related: The Styrofoam Pillars Collapse.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST. John Yoo: Obama, Drones and Thomas Aquinas. “The ironies abound. Candidate Obama campaigned on narrowing presidential wartime power, closing Guantanamo Bay, trying terrorists in civilian courts, ending enhanced interrogation, and moving away from a wartime approach to terrorism toward a criminal-justice approach. Mr. Obama has avoided these vexing detention issues simply by depriving terrorists of all of their rights—by killing them.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE THINGS LIKE THIS IN THE NATION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Assassin-in-Chief in the Oval Office. “Assassination as a way of life has been institutionalized in the Oval Office, thoroughly normalized, and is now being offered to the rest of us as a reasonable solution to American global problems and an issue on which to run a presidential campaign.”

Hey, rube! Feel the change!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, Glenn Greenwald would be mocking the White House for prosecuting leakers while engaging in self-serving, politically-motivated leaks itself. And they were right! Hey, rube!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE LAW-FLOUTING COUNTERTERROR OPERATIONS AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “President Obama violated the law by failing to brief Congress on the counterterrorism operation that thwarted an attempted underwear bombing two weeks ago, according to the House Intelligence Committee chairman.”

VEGAS ON THE POTOMAC: Asking the important questions at Instapundit: Is Joe Biden the Tony Bennett of the Obama administration, or its Shecky Greene?

Obama famously instructed his fan base that they shouldn’t honeymoon in Vegas at the start of his administration. (Not surprisingly, they paid little heed to their MC.) Who knew that he would be bringing it to DC?

UPDATE: Forget Vegas, Joe’s trying out for the Vatican. They told Glenn Reynolds that if he voted for John McCain, he would see an administration that blurred the line between church and state…and they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Joe Scarborough on Obama Afghanistan visit: ‘The neocons have won tonight.’ My favorite part was when he posed with a plastic turkey.

The Hill: Obama risks his own ‘mission accomplished’ moment in Afghan war.

Oh, well, at least he closed Guantanamo — hey, wait . . . .

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THIS KIND OF THING WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Barack Obama Hereby Declares May 1 “Loyalty Day.”

UPDATE: “A communist-era relic!”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN THIS WOULD HAPPEN, AND THEY WERE RIGHT! U.S. Doesn’t Need To Know A Person’s Name to Kill Him in a Drone Strike.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, PRIVACY WOULD DISAPPEAR. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE CRUSHING DISSENT IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY: And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THEY’D BE LOCKING UP WHISTLEBLOWERS FOR TALKING TO JOURNALISTS: And they were right! “John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer from 1999 to 2004, was indicted on Thursday for allegedly disclosing classified information to journalists.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D HAVE A FULL-BLOWN CHRISTIANIST PRESIDENT: AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “President Barack Obama says the Easter story of Christ’s agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of an embattled presidency. The president got ‘Amens’ from religious leaders at a White House prayer breakfast in the East Room.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THEY’D BE SHUTTING DOWN RESEARCH IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. And they were right! U.S. Tightens Reins on Research That Could Be Used by Terrorists.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE SWEATSHOPS EXPLOITING WORKING WOMEN — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Former Intern at ‘Charlie Rose’ Sues, Alleging Wage Law Violations. “In a lawsuit brought in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the former intern, Lucy Bickerton, complained that she was not paid at all when she worked 25 hours a week for Mr. Rose’s show from June through August 2007.” I guess there really is a “war against women.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE U.S. WOULD BE INTERNATIONALLY DESPISED FOR TORTURE AND INHUMANE TACTICS: And they were right! “The UN special rapporteur on torture has formally accused the US government of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment towards Bradley Manning, the US soldier who was held in solitary confinement for almost a year on suspicion of being the WikiLeaks source.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN — OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Eric Holder: Constitution Doesn’t Cover Terrorists, Even If They’re American Citizens.

UPDATE: Reader Mary Rue writes: “If the Constitution doesn’t cover terrorists why was the DOJ so hot to try them in civilian court? Somebody’s got some ‘splaining to do!”

SPECIAL TREATMENT? Treasury Bent NOL Rules to Provide $26 Billion to AIG. “The tax benefit is notable for more than simply its size. It is the result of a rule that the Treasury unilaterally bent for AIG and several other hobbled companies in 2008 that has largely been overlooked. This rule-twisting could deprive the government of tens of billions of dollars, assuming the firm remains profitable. The tax dodge, and let’s be honest, that’s what it is, also will most likely help goose the bonuses of AIG’s employees, some who helped create many of the problems that led to its role in the financial crisis.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, stuff like this would happen. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, the White House would secretly funnel money to the NYPD so it could spy on Muslims. And they were right! “The disclosure that the White House is at least partially paying for the NYPD’s wholesale surveillance of places where Muslims eat, shop, work and pray complicates efforts by the Obama administration to stay out of the fray over New York’s controversial counterterrorism programs. The administration has championed outreach to American Muslims and has said law enforcement should not put entire communities under suspicion. The Obama administration, however, has pointedly refused to endorse or repudiate the NYPD programs it helps pay for.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, CORPORATE FAT-CAT TAXES WOULD BE SLASHED BY 20%: And they were right! “The Obama administration proposed lowering the top corporate tax rate to 28 percent on Wednesday as part of a proposal to reform taxes on businesses.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN I’D SEE HEADLINES LIKE THIS: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the President’s Secret Army. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE HEADLINES LIKE THIS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! White House apologizes for Quran burning.

RESEARCH: Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion.

They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d get a President who’d prioritize military research over civilian discovery. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, CHRISTIANISTS WOULD CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama: I Pushed Dodd-Frank And Health Care Reform Because Of Christ. “The president said he often falls to his knees in prayer, and emphasized the role of his religious values in determining where to lead the country.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Feds’ secret no-fly list more than doubles in a year. “Even as the Obama administration says it’s close to defeating al-Qaida, the size of the government’s secret list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to or within the United States has more than doubled in the past year, The Associated Press has learned. The no-fly list jumped from about 10,000 known or suspected terrorists one year ago to about 21,000, according to government figures provided to the AP.”

Change!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail. “The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show. . . . Information garnered this way eventually contributed to the harassment or dismissal of all six of the FDA employees, the suit alleges. All had worked in an office responsible for reviewing devices for cancer screening and other purposes.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE NEW HIGHS IN HOMELAND-SECURITY PARANOIA — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes. “‘I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh’s lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe. ‘I couldn’t believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show.” Yeah, but in Homeland Security’s defense, it kinda sucks.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D . . . Oh, hell, you know the rest: Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks.

The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists.

The case against John Kiriakou, who served as a senior Senate aide after ending his CIA career, extends the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets to journalists.

If Bush had done this, we’d have heard cries of police states and dictatorship.

UPDATE: A reader emails:

I’m a fan and I read with interest the blog post angle you took in the indictment of former Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer John Kiriakou, “They told me if I voted for John McCain…”

I actually think that the stronger angle for you here is different. It should be, “If the Washington Post does a major story on the indictment of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer for revealing the names of CIA operatives and other classified information, without once revealing major political party for which he worked, does that mean that he worked for the Democrats…”

Good point. Politico mentioned it. “Kiriakou worked for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigator from March 2009 to April 2011, according to Senate records.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Kevin Greene writes: “You don’t suppose there’s any linkage between the fact that a John Kerry staffer has been arrested for high treason and then the Washington Post reporting that John Kerry showed up at the White House with two black eyes and a broken nose having apparently gotten his ass kicked at a hockey game?” I wish.

HEH: “To paraphrase the great Glenn Reynolds, they told me that if I voted for John McCain that union-busting and right-to-work policies would become ascendant. And they were right!”

CHANGE: They told Glenn Reynolds that if he voted for John McCain, leading scientists would move the world’s Doomsday Clock even closer to midnight…and they were right!

THEY TOLD GLENN REYNOLDS THAT IF HE VOTED FOR JOHN McCAIN, he’d see Donald Rumsfeld’s vision for the military finally come to fruition…and they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: The White House Just Agreed To Sell Saudi Arabia The Largest US Overseas Arms Package Ever.

SHELDON RICHMAN: Congress, Obama Codify Indefinite Detention: Where is the “progressive” outrage? “President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain . . . .

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, we’d have a President who used “signing statements” to evade laws passed by Congress. And they were right! Obama says he’s not bound by Guantanamo, gun-control provisions. “After he signed the omnibus into law Friday, the White House released a concurrent signing statement saying Obama will object to portions of the legislation on constitutional grounds. Signing statements are highly controversial, and their legality is disputed.”

Well, mostly when there’s a Republican in the White House.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: DOJ to America: we won’t reveal the circumstances under which you can be assassinated by us.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN — OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Obama Moves Toward War With Iran. “Quite possibly before November of 2012.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Secrecy Defines Obama’s Drone War.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE INDEFINITE DETENTION OF AMERICANS CHARACTERIZED AS “THE RULE OF LAW.” And they were right!

THE LIMITS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM: HARVARD KILLS COURSES OVER ANTI-MUSLIM STATEMENTS: “In an unusual move, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted this week to eliminate two summer school courses in economics because of anti-Muslim statements the instructor made in an op-ed published in India.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, religious fundamentalists would censor expression even in America’s most eminent universities. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME THIS WOULD HAPPEN IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Defense bill will allow President to indefinitely detain American citizens.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE A RETURN TO RACIAL THEORIES OF INTELLECTUAL INFERIORITY. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, RELIGIOUS FANATICS WOULD BE BOYCOTTING MED-SCHOOL LECTURES ON EVOLUTION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution… because it ‘clashes with the Koran.’ Key bit: “I had one or two slightly frisky discussions years ago with kids who belonged to fundamentalist Christian churches, now it is Islamic overwhelmingly.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE SEEKING POWERS TO LOCK UP AMERICAN CITIZENS INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL: AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D RETURN TO THE DAYS OF “COLORED ONLY” DRINKING FOUNTAINS. And they were right! “A sign reading ‘Colored only” was found posted over a drinking fountain in the Humanities Building at the State University of New York at New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany, reports The Times Herald-Record of Middletown.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THEY’D BE BANNING SEX AT AMERICA’S COLLEGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Yale Bans Sex Week.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, A LAWLESS WHITE HOUSE WOULD STONEWALL AND PLEAD EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE: AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “President Obama’s attorney sent a letter to Congressional investigators on Friday, saying the White House would not cooperate with a subpoena requesting documents related to its doling out a $535 million loan guarantee to now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZED THE WHITE HOUSE’S WAR STRATEGY WOULD BE PUNISHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Gen. Peter Fuller removed from duty as a top Afghanistan commander for remarks to Politico.

Remember when “Listen to the generals” was the Dems’ buzzphrase?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, AMERICANS’ HEALTH WOULD BE SACRIFICED TO LAME SECURITY THEATER. And they were right! U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners. “One after another, the experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit. . . . Research suggests that anywhere from six to 100 U.S. airline passengers each year could get cancer from the machines. Still, the TSA has repeatedly defined the scanners as ‘safe,’ glossing over the accepted scientific view that even low doses of ionizing radiation — the kind beamed directly at the body by the X-ray scanners — increase the risk of cancer.” (Bumped).

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, OTHER COUNTRIES WOULD ACCUSE AMERICA AND ITS ALLIES OF MURDERING IN VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Gaddafi’s death breached the law, says Russia. “In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi.”

Of course, this may be what’s actually at stake: “The main concern for Moscow now is whether the new Libyan authorities will honour contracts signed by the Gaddafi regime.”

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON KHADDAFY: The End Of The Great Loon. “There is one conclusion we ought to draw from the inglorious end of the Great Loon: the Bush agenda in the Middle East is alive and well. The United States is, as Bush and Cheney so forcefully announced, a revolutionary power in the Middle East no longer seeking to prop up the status quo at any cost. (The Saudi exemption still holds.) Regime change remains on the table; the military forces of the United States stand ready to take out thugs whose viciousness has become insupportable, or who align themselves against the vital interests of this country.” They told me if I voted for John McCain, the United States would . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE MASS DEPORTATIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama’s ICE reports record number of deportations of illegal immigrants.

Oh, who am I kidding? Nobody told me that would happen if I voted for McCain . . . .

RICHARD MINITER EXPLAINS why Barack Obama is right, and I am wrong — along with David Ignatius and Ron Paul. Well, they told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d get a president so murderous toward foreigners that in the end even I’d be complaining. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, we’d have more troops fighting in more countries than I could keep track of. And they were right! Obama Deploys Troops to Uganda to fight Lord’s Resistance Army.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE DECADES OF WAR: And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE RICH WOULD GET RICHER WHILE THE POOR SUFFERED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Harvard Endowment Had 21% Rate of Return in Last Year.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WOMEN WOULD BE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

A new book claims that the Obama White House is a boys’ club marred by rampant infighting that has hindered the administration’s economic policy and left top female advisers feeling excluded from key conversations. “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by journalist Ron Suskind due out next Tuesday, details the rivalries among Obama’s top economic advisers, Larry Summers, former chairman of the National Economic Council, and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. It describes constant second-guessing by Summers, now at Harvard, who was seen by others as “imperious and heavy-handed” in his decision-making.

In an excerpt obtained by The Post, a female senior aide to President Obama called the White House a hostile environment for women.

“This place would be in court for a hostile workplace,” former White House communications director Anita Dunn is quoted as saying. “Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”

Well, the Dems could have nominated Hillary. But nooo. . . .

Related: Bloomberg poll sparks more useless pining for ‘President Hillary.’ Hmm. Useless? We’re sure seeing a lot of this kind of thing all of a sudden.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD BE CRUSHING DISSENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! The Hill: White House officials work to quell Dem dissent over jobs bill.

MORE DEMOCRATIC HATE SPEECH: I guess the “new civility” crap hasn’t taken hold, judging by the very first comment to this piece at The Hill. I’m posting a screenshot in case it gets removed.

The good folks at The Hill aren’t responsible for this comment, of course, but it does suggest that there’s a real “climate of hate” among folks on the left. And if it’s not fair to blame The Hill for the insane hatred displayed by some of its commenters, then it’s not fair to blame bloggers for their commenters either, though we see some people — even some Big Media folks who should know better — try to pull that one from time to time.

UPDATE: Speaking of climates of hate, the Wisconsin Crackup continues: In Madison: 150 protesters storm hotel to disrupt press conference given by the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. They told me if I voted for John McCain, blackshirts would be attacking advocates for racial equality. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE THIS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT: Barack Obama: The Covert Commander In Chief. “It’s an interesting anomaly of Barack Obama’s presidency that this liberal Democrat, known before the 2008 election for his antiwar views, has been so comfortable running America’s secret wars. Obama’s leadership style — and the continuity of his national security policies with those of his predecessor, George W. Bush — has left friends and foes scratching their heads. What has become of the ‘change we can believe in’ style he showed as a candidate? . . . Obama is the commander in chief as covert operator. The flag-waving ‘mission accomplished’ speeches of his predecessor aren’t Obama’s thing; even his public reaction to the death of bin Laden was relatively subdued. Watching Obama, the reticent, elusive man whose dual identity is chronicled in ‘Dreams From My Father,’ you can’t help wondering if he has an affinity for the secret world. He is opaque, sometimes maddeningly so, in the way of an intelligence agent.” Frankly, this doesn’t seem such a contradiction: His enthusiasm for deniable takedowns seems quite consistent with his approach to domestic politics.

LIBYAN REBELS round up black Africans. “Unlike the Iraq invasion where Congress almost unanimously supported President Bush’ initiative, this military action was begun by Obama entirely on his own initiative. Remember that, because I’d be surprised if the media reminds anyone.”

UPDATE: Reader Ari Mendelson writes: “They told me that if voted for John McCain… there would be round ups of black people. And they were right!” Heh.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D BE WAGING UNDERCOVER WARFARE AROUND THE WORLD. And they were right! “When Obama came into office, he cottoned to the organization immediately. (It didn’t hurt that his CIA director, Leon E. Panetta, has a son who, as a naval reservist, had deployed with JSOC.) Soon Obama was using JSOC even more than his predecessor. In 2010, for example, he secretly directed JSOC troops to Yemen to kill the leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”

EUGENE VOLOKH: Federal Government Prosecuting Man for Writing Many Insulting Tweets and Blog Posts About Religious Leader. They told me if I voted for John McCain, the federal government would go after people who taunted religious leaders. And they were right!

Related: Anti-“bullying” language used to attack critics of public official.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN WE’D SEE ENDLESS WAR. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE CREEPY HOMELAND SECURITY SURVEILLANCE: And they were right! “Homeland Security plans to operate a massive new database of names, photos, birthdays and biometrics called Watchlist Service, duplicated from the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, which has proven not to be accurate many times in the past. DHS wants to exempt the Watchlist Service from Privacy Act provisions, meaning you will never know if you are wrongfully listed.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE RACIAL VIOLENCE IN UNLIKELY PLACES: And they were right!

UPDATE: Related thoughts from SayUncle.

DISAPPOINT-MINT: “Breath mints packaged in a tin can poking fun at President Barack Obama have been pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints.”

They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d see creepy censorship of political humor. And they were right!

UPDATE: Reader Clifford Grout points out that Disappoint-Mints are being sold by The Nation.

SHIKHA DALMIA: Obama’s Top Four Power Grabs: The president stretches executive power to expand the warfare state and the regulatory state. They told me if I voted for John McCain. . . .

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, IRAQ WOULD BE GROWING MORE, NOT LESS, VIOLENT: And they were right! “Iraq is more dangerous than it was just a year ago, after a surge in bombings, assassinations and violence by Shi’ite militias, according to a report released today. In his quarterly review to Congress, a top government adviser accused the U.S. military of glossing over the issue, just months before soldiers are due to leave the country.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE THIS KIND OF THING — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Justice Department: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop.

WISCONSIN UPDATE: They told me if I voted for John McCain, we’d see the reemergence of a culture of lynching. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, PEOPLE WOULD BE PLANNING TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT: And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D SEE A NEW ERA OF RACIAL VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT WHOM ARABS DESPISED MORE THAN BUSH. And they were right! “Of course, world leadership is not a popularity contest, nor should it be. But it should be deeply worrying for the White House when a genocidal tyrant like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now viewed more favorably across many parts of the Middle East than the leader of the free world.”

KABOOM: Debt Talks Blow Up.

Related: Moody’s puts U.S. bond rating on review for possible downgrade. So much for “no drama Obama.” This presidency is like The Perils Of Pauline.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll: Was It Good For You? Summer of Obama Officially Concluded. I thought it would last . . . longer.

Plus, from the comments: “They told me if I voted for John McCain, the president’s moody obstinance would cheapen the office: And they were right!” There’s just endless fun to be had with that tagline, isn’t there? Well, as I said right after the election in 2008, you have to take your fun where you can find it. I just didn’t realize it would be so easy to find . . . .