Mr. Holder had barely piled into his car to drive back to the Justice Department yesterday before New York Senator Chuck Schumer issued a press release declaring that there is an "overwhelming consensus" in New York that the trial "should not be held there." He added, "We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already."The last point is particularly disturbing. It appears that Bush Derangement Syndrome remains a significant part of the collective thought process at USDoJ, well over a year after Mr. Bush rode off into the sunset. While the left was out of power, it became radical chic to defend terrorist sheikhs. Even though they now have their hands on the levers of power, they just can't bring themselves to admit that many of the policies they so fiercely attacked were indeed necessary and proper.
Mr. Schumer knows that Democrats running for re-election this year don't want to defend the spectacle of a mass murderer using such a trial as a propaganda exercise, or claiming the evidence against him is inadmissible because it was produced by "torture."
Yet such a spectacle is precisely the goal of many on the anti-antiterror left. They want to put Bush Administration policies on trial more than they want to convict and hang KSM. Mr. Holder's mistake has been populating his department with those kinds of lawyers, and the longer he indulges them the more he's embarrassing himself and his President.
Time to let it go, folks. You won the election. You run the executive branch of government. You need to do what is right, even if it requires admitting you were previously wrong.
Update: The NYT has this editorial longing for the good old days of 2009 when Obama crew cleanup of Bush mess was more clear-cut. Really. Cully Stimson has this comment at Heritage's Foundry blog.