[caption id="attachment_6343" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Village Voice"][/caption]I've tired of hearing critiques from the left of Barack Obama's presidency, but when Nat Hentoff speaks, I listen. In a Village Voice article provocatively titled "George W. Obama," he produces a list of overt acts from the past year to support this argument:"Bush's successorwho actually taught constitutional law at the University of Chicagois continuing much of the Bush-Cheney parallel government and, in some cases, is going much further in disregarding our laws and the international treaties we've signed."A lot of the left-wing critics Obama faces today misinterpreted him when he was a candidate, playing down or just plain missing his instinct for the practical. But I don't think Hentoff falls into that category.
Paul Moses is the author, most recently, of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia (NYU Press, 2023). He is a contributing writer. Twitter: @PaulBMoses.