Death threats and vandalism

McCain’s libel of ACORN has the predictable effects.

Congratulations to John McCain, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Reynolds, and others who have been perpetrating the “voter fraud” fraud. Their words, including McCain’s assertion to an audience of 50 million that ACORN threatents the fabric of democracy, have generated the predictable response from racist wingnuts. No sign of any regret from the McCain campaign or any of the other rabblerousers.

Whether the reported FBI investigation into ACORN is politically motivated is impossible to say, although David Iglesias, who qualifies as an expert, says it is: he calls it “a scare tactic.” But the motivation of the “senior law enforcement official” who violated Justice Department policy by leaking word of the probe less than three weeks before an election in which one of the campaigns has made ACORN an issue isn’t hard to read.

I’m still looking for anyone willing to defend the accusations of “voter fraud” and related Republican vote-suppression efforts in a bloggingheads.tv. debate. So far, no takers.

Update Obama supporters attend Palin rally, chant things. Palin crowd members assault reporters, one of them with a thrown rock. (That’s felony assault with a deadly weapon, if you’re keeping score at home.) Secret Service and campaign staff eject Obama supporters, and not only don’t have rock-thrower arrested but allow him to stay.

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