Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute says the three-hour roll-call in the House of Representatives that rescued the awful Medicare bill from the dustbin was a procedural outrage, and cites chapter and verse. Not being an expert on the rules of the House, I’ll take Ornstein’s word for it. It’s of a piece with what seems to be a general Republican willingness to use raw muscle any time the rules and conventions of political life get in the way.

Oddly, none of the bloggers and other journalists who objected so vociferously to the late switch of candidates in the New Jersey Senate race seems to mind at all.

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: