Bill Clinton defends the indefensible

Badly. And dishonestly.


Note that the claim that the casino workers’ votes will “count five times as much” as other people’s votes is … well, false.

Delegate allocation to precincts is based on registered voters: as low as one delegate per 50 voters in the most populous areas, as high as one delegate per 5 voters in rural areas. (So much for the claim that the Clinton-inspired lawsuit is designed to protect “One person, one vote.”)

Delegate allocation in the “at-large” (Strip) caucuses is based on actual turnout; if there’s a big turnout, the “at-large” caucuses will get only one delegate per 50 attendees; if the turnout is small, the ratio could go up to one delegate per five attendees. That is, the Strip caucuses might get as many delegates per actual attendee as the rural counties get per registered voter.

Obviously, the number of attendees is much smaller than the number of registered voters, so if anything the formula is weighted against the casino workers. At most, the Strip caucuses will choose no more than 6-7% of the delegates.

Footnote Sometimes, a man who gets caught cheating on his wife tries to make up for it by giving her jewelry. I think this is the first time a two-timing husband tried to give his wife the most powerful position in the world instead.

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: