Remember the debate between Obama and McCain about attacking terrorists holed up in Pakistan? The entire Republican party had a collective case of the vapors about the horror of possibly doing something on Pakistani soil without permission of the ISI and its tame politicians. (When the ever-clueless Sarah Palin disagreed, McCain insisted she hadn’t meant it.) When the time came, Obama backed his words with action, and Osama bin Laden became a former terrorist.

Now the GOP is eager to deny the President credit for the effort. Mitt Romney says “any President” would have done the same thing. That’s not what Romney said in 2008.

Footnote In the course of McCain’s 10,000 appearances on the Sunday blather shows, has any reporter bothered to ask him whether he now thinks the President was right to do what McCain insisted in 2008 it would be wrong to do? I doubt it.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.