O, what a tangled web we weave …

Jeep ad on the Sunday talk shows. Cantor ducks.

Cheerful tweet from Alex Burns of Politico:

Every Sunday show just going 18 rounds on the Jeep ad. Incredible risk for Romney to have taken.

And here’s Eric Cantor’s bid for his own personal Four Pinocchios:

I’ve not seen the ad. I’ve just heard it now. I’ve not seen the ad. They’re apparently not running it in Virginia. The point is Mitt Romney has a demonstrated ability of building jobs.

Right. Cantor went on a Sunday talk show two days before Election Day without bothering to watch the video that he was sure to be asked about. No, Cantor decided to husband his own credibility at the expense of his candidate, even if husbanding his credibility meant telling a transparent fib.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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