From Dan Drezner, after right-wing activist Ed Whelan described Harold Koh, Obama’s nominee to be the State Department’s top legal advisor, as “kooky”:
We’re enduring revelation after revelation about how much of the Bush administration’s legal team gave a giant “f*** you” to treaties that had been signed and ratified by the United States, and Harold Koh is supposed to be the guy who’s outside the mainstream because of arguments he made while out of power? Am I missing something?
No, I think that’s about it. Harold Koh is a menace to the republic. Jay Bybee and John Yoo, by contrast, are patriotic, hardworking Americans. What’s so hard to understand?