Aid to Republicans

Let’s help them get the intra-party nastiness going.

The Republican Party, despite its finely-honed capacity for nastiness, often runs disappointingly civil intra-party contests. I had hopes that the current Presidential race would be different: no field including Rudy Giuliani and John McCain should ever lack for nastiness, and the race seemed to get off to a good start when Mitt Romney went after McCain on immigration and McCain suggested that Mitt Romney might want to “get out his small-varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn.”

But other than that, so far the Republicans haven’t been delivering the really rude one-liners; after all, it was James Carville, not Mike Huckabee, who said that Rudy Giuliani had been married more often than Mitt Romney had been hunting.

Since I believe in bipartisan collaboration, I propose a contest to invent the nastiest slogan or bumper-sticker or print ad to be directed at each of the leading Republicans by other Republicans. (That last clause frees contestants from the constraints of honesty and good taste.)

Just to get things off to a start, here’s an anti-Giuliani flier that any of the others might use:

giuliani drag.jpg

Wide Stance?

I’ll post other meritorious suggestions as they come in. First prize is a year’s free subscription to the RBC. Second prize …

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: