From NBC's Luke Russert
House Minority Leader John Boehner came out swinging today against the Obama administration's national security policy. Boehner suggested that the White House has returned to a "pre 9/11 mentality" regarding to the trials of terror suspects which is "putting the American people at risk."
Privately, Republicans say that national security will be a huge issue for the party for the upcoming 2010 midterms. Republicans believe, and they are backed up by many polls, that Americans are uncomfortable with terror suspects getting trials in the United States. Expect attacks like the one Boehner launched today to be commonplace from now till November.
Democrats have dismissed the Republican criticism as a rehashing of old arguments. Yesterday, the leader of the House Democratic caucus, Jon Larsen, said: "They're dragging out all their own game plans. They drag out the privatization of Social Security. They drag out Medicare vouchers, etc. And now they're dragging out the old security issues, and I think that we welcome this kind of challenge and this kind of debate."