Divisive? Who says Trent Lott is divisive?

Why, he’s even got me agreeing with Charles Krauthammer.

[Though as Roger Ailes notes, Krauthammer wants Lott to resign as majority leader, not to quit the Senate entirely. It seems that unconstructed racism is tolerable in a backbencher, especially when a Democratic governor would get to choose his successor.]

[Roger has lots more on the Lott affair: so far, the conservative media are all over him like a cheap suit, but Republican officeholders, including Bill Frist and Arlen Specter, are circling the wagons. A motion of censure seems like a better idea every day.]

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