Conditionality

No bounce for Bush from his big speech. That’s good news. But I can’t get excited by the fact that 42% of respondents say that Congress shoud CONSIDER impeachment IF Bush lied us into war.

The Zogby poll showing that GWB’s nationally televised speech did him precisely no good is certainly good news.

But let’s not overinterpret Zogby’s finding on the impeachment question.

“Do you agree or disagree that if President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?”

                      A   D   DK

ALL               42 50 8

Democrats     59 30 10

Republicans   25 70 5

Independents  43 49 8

Libertarians    36 53 12

Note (a) the big “if” and (b) the word “consider.”

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