Serwer, over at The American Prospect:
Because the instinct of the “respectable intellectual center” is to find whatever position seems to lie between two “extremes” and stick to it, Obama’s almost wholesale embrace of Bush counterterrorism policies can be sold as a “compromise.” But if you believed the last administration was “extreme” in its assertion of executive power, than this one is too.
But if he asks whether we can accept a president whose entire national-security worldview expressed on the campaign trail has reached its expiration date, and whether we can live with an “almost wholesale embrace of Bush counterterrorism policies,” I say only . . . yes we can.