Poisoning the well

President Obama hints that he is open to prosecuting Bush administration lawyers for their legal advice.  (Via Instapundit.)

This is stupid, but more than that, if we start down the path of political prosecutions of the previous administration, we will become a very different country than we have ever been.  In the short run, Democrats should not delude themselves that they will never be on the other side.  In the long run, if we create a system in which one side no longer feels they can risk losing an election, that will spell the end of the Republic.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal weighs in.

UPDATE: Shannon Love takes a contrarian view.  She thinks the administration wants to play up the supposed crimes of the Bush administration, but will stop short of any actual trials, which would exonerate them.  (Via Instapundit.)

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