A lie too far?

The Bush campaign apparently doesn’t want to take the heat from the Zell Miller fiasco.

I was discouraged by today’s newspapers, which mostly covered Miller’s dishonest rant (see Fred Kaplan’s point-by-point) as if it were a normally tough speech. (But see Howie Kurtz.)

Apparently, though, the drumroll of criticism during the day made it clear to the Bush Team that Miller had suddenly become a liability. Giving him all the loyalty a turncoat deserves, they promptly announced that Miller had been speaking only for himself and disinvited him from the family box for the acceptance speech.

I’d like to think the Bushes had discovered shame, at long last, but I think it was only prudence. Anyway, it’s good news.

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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