Back when I worked for Phil Heymann in the Carter-era DoJ, he told me that my job was to come up with one really important idea a week, and that his job was to identify the 10% of those ideas that weren’t completely nuts. The “coerced abstinence” proposal for shrinking the drug markets that I borrowed from John Kaplan twenty years ago and have been relentlessly pushing ever since has a perfect record: it has never been tried.
So I’m not very surprised when something that seems blindingly obvious to me fails to make an impression on anyone else. I was therefore about ready to write off the idea of bringing a resolution of expulsion against Tom DeLay to the floor of the House every week, as a way of keeping the scandal pot boiling and making Republicans vote in favor of Delay’s corruption.
If there are good reasons this can’t be done, or shouldn’t be done, I’d love to hear about them. But now, just after Bush has nailed his colors to the mast of DeLay’s garbage scow, seems like a good time to move.