In my last post, I scoffed at the Wall Street Journal’s seeming concern for the Democrats who had been briefed on the Bush Administration’s decision to embrace enhanced interrogation techniques for suspected terrorists. I suspected that Journal was warning Leon Pannetta not to investigate allegations of torture by the CIA because it wanted to protect the Bush Administration officials who had decided to trash America’s moral values rather than the CIA officers who had carried out the policies or the legislators who had gone along with the decisions.
In another effort to protect the Democrats, the Wall Street Journal today criticized the selection of Dawn Johnsen to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Apparently, the Journal is alarmed by the idea that the Obama Administration might be guided by lawyers who care more about what the law really is than by what the Administration might want the law to be. Once again, I cannot help but think that the Journal is more concerned about the outgoing administration that believed that the President had complete discretion to decide which laws it would and would not obey.