I'm coming to the conclusion that Republicans wake up in the morning and ask themselves what they can do to be bigger hypocrites than they were yesterday. What ever it is, it seems to be working. Let's see, we have an airline passenger who had known ties to al-Quaeda, bought a ticket with cash, checked no luggage and was flagged as a possible threat. He foils security and his plot is disrupted by passengers. The part where the increasingly doddering Charles Krauthammer becomes apoplectic is when the attempted bomber is charged with federal crime, is given a trial by jury, and goes to prison. Wait! Krauthammer actually had no problem with that at all, nor did any other conservative that I'm aware of, when Richard Reid was the attempted bomber. The basic details of each incident are damn near identical, and so is the way each president handled it, with the exception that Obama seems much more engaged on this topic. Bush didn't mention the Richard Reid incident for nearly a week, and then only in passing in a press conference when he got back from vacation. Reid of course was then tried in federal court, convicted, and went to federal prison, where he is today. That all happened on Bush's watch and nobody had any problem with how he handled it then, certainly none of the caterwalling hypocrites we hearing from now.
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