Attorney General Eric Holder was in the news recently after discussing the government's use of lethal force against U.S. citizens abroad. According to the Washington Post article linked to above, the Obama Administration's criteria in making the decision to take American lives abroad extrajudicially is based on an 'imminent threat' analysis. The factors that play into this analysis include the 'relevant window of opportunity to act, the possible harm that missing the window would cause to civilians and the likelihood of heading off future disastrous attacks against the United States.' The Post also reported that, 'there are no known U.S. citizens on target lists maintained by the CIA or the military’s Joint Special Operations Command' for what that's worth.
It is undoubtedly very bad people who are targeted by this practice, and there are valid points both for and against it. However, even without passing judgment on the practice itself, this writer can at least make the observation that a certain group of over-enthusiastic Scandanavians who awarded a very new President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize would probably appreciate a mulligan right about now. It is probably also true that many of the people who wanted 'anyone but a Republican' in the last election are less than enthused about repeated extensions of, and additions to, the types of practices Mr. Bush put into place by the Obama administration.
Of course, whether this plays at all into results this November is tougher to predict. My guess is that it won't. After all, Republicans (except perhaps Ron Paul) would be unlikely to knock practices which could be painted as making the US more secure. This is especially true when most of the people against the practice are likely liberal and/or European. Most GOP voters would be just fine with killing enemies of the state, no matter where they are. Therefore, it would be up to traditional liberals to speak out against the practice, and my guess is they would still rather have Obama than Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, the current frontrunners.
One thing is for sure however; now that these practices are in place, and have been used by both parties, they are going nowhere fast.