I consider this to be nothing short of a “See I Told You So” moment. 
Glenn Reynolds, last night:
OBAMA IS LIKE BUSH:  “I’m laughing at Obama, but I’m also thanking him for doing the right thing and reasonably tolerant of the way he’s tried to save face by pretending he’s not doing exactly the same thing Bush did.”
Plus, “I underestimated his willingness to lie.” Always a mistake!
And this:  “Meanwhile, what does it say that the Administration has resurrected or maintained the core elements of so many Bush Administration national security policies while OLC nominee Dawn Johnsen sits in limbo? And would the Administration’s policies be any different were she already confirmed?” That’s already been explained . . . . 
Damned right, it has. I called this one less than a week in from Obama’s Inauguration. 
For all the vitriol that has been coming from the left, and specifically out of President Obama’s mouth during the campaign, there’s a difference in tone coming out of the Obama camp over the last several weeks. There has been an abandonment of the hot rhetoric of the leftist in favor of of a liberal forced to face the reality of the world around him (i.e., adpopting existing White House policy). The change in tone is a recognition that the rhetoric that the American public was offered during the election was simply not based on reality.
As President Obama and his people are briefed on what has been happening in the world these last eight years, the insider’s view has given them a completely new perspective on what to do about the situation, resulting in completely different actions as compared to the ones they were telling everyone they would take once they were given the power.
President Obama and his fellow Democrats are now responsible for the outcome of the next four years. They are pragmatic enough to understand that they are the ones who will take it on the chin politically after the next terrorist attack or if the current economic problems continue for long. They’re beginning to understand how wrong they were in chastising Mr. Bush and his policies. Thus, they are adopting them. That, dear reader, is vindication.
They earnestly hope that nobody, particularly on the left, will notice the change in direction.
Thing is, of course, that they’ve started to notice. They’re busy screaming ‘betrayal’, while the dinosaur media does it’s best to ignore it all. As I told Glenn, last night, it blows my mind that so many more experienced and articulate writers than I are just now coming around to this idea. It’s more amusing, however, how many of them are on the left.