The Obama Administration has been making some disheartening choices lately: making Bush-era arguments about state secrets, planning for the indefinite detention and extra-Constitutional prosecution of War on Terror detainees, backsliding on gay rights promises, hiding torture evidence and generally behaving like they've been brainwashed by Dick Cheney.
What's up with that?
This moral slouching is the surest way to lose the next election. Obama was brought in to do some real visionary work on the presidency, not to triangulate and dither. If we wanted moderation, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House today.
Every time he gives in to expediency, he loses a little luster. It's political junk food, and it's going to be the ruin of this administration.