Suddenly the left is interested in checks and balances again. Living in a surveillance state is a dangerous thing. So is living in an ideological police state. Journalists are interested in investigating scandal. The left is concerned about the wars we’re involved in. Separation of powers is a good thing. Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

The left is going to hate living under the expanded system of executive overreach that they’ve built. This is all their own precedents. Maybe this time (who am I kidding) they’ll pay attention to the libertarians who are trying to explain that this is a problem regardless of who wields the power, because some day it will come back to bite you.