“A victory for the Republican people”

Mike Pence lets the cat out of the bag.

Mike Pence (R-IN) commits a classic Kinsley-gaffe on Fox News. His canned one-liner was “We’re trying to score a victory for the American people, not the Republican party.” But what he actually said was “We’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people.”

And yes, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s the same Mike Pence who crafted the anti-Planned-Parenthood language that – along with a proposal to gut the Clean Air Act – is one of the two big hang-ups preventing a deal. Again, Mr. Pence’s reality may differ, but if I were trying to “score a victory for the Republican people” I don’t think I’d want to fight the next election on contraception and clean air. Here’s hoping the Democrats accept the proffered gifts.

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

2 thoughts on ““A victory for the Republican people””

  1. A viable democracy requires the major contending sides to be the loyal opposition when out of power and regard their opposition as loyal when they are in power. Both sides need to have the well-being of their country as a larger context than their gaining power.

    When a party regards the alternative to ruling to be making the country ungovernable, they have turned into enemies of democracy and of peaceful ways of settling important disputes.

    American conservatives in their Republican guise are losing the capacity to be a part of a viable democratic society, and the sooner the rest of us grasp this fact, the more hope there will be for our country.

  2. Pence’s example is a classic “Freudian slip”. Freud’s original term for this – pompously translated into the bafflegab parapraxis by his English disciples – was Fehlleistung, literally mis-performance.

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