When Barack Obama looks back at 2014, and wonders how almost nothing went right for his administration, the release of Bowe Bergdahl is going to stand out like a lighthouse beacon of derp. Who could have predicted that freeing a POW, the sort of move that bolstered even Richard Nixon, would turn into a slapfight over whether this particular POW was a deserter? Who could have predicted that the Congress that just went ahead and let Obama carry out military missions in Libya and Iraq without its approval would get verklempt about Obama's illegal failure to give it a 30-day heads-up? Yesterday the Republican House voted to condemn the president's move, and 22 Democrats voted with it.
Notice who was on the list. Michigan Rep. Gary Peters and Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley are the only members of the conference now running statewide, and in states that went for Obama-Biden in both presidential elections. They bucked the president on Bergdahl. So did Reps. Nick Rahall, Collin Peterson, and John Barrow, all Democrats in Romney-voting districts whom the NRCC is trying to use a midterm electorate to exterminate.*
*Correction, Sept. 10, 2014: This post originally misspelled Rep. Collin Peterson’s first name.