Dr. Orwell, call your office

Let’s have a Democratic Presidential candidate for 2008 who isn’t willing to make nice to Rupert Murdoch.

Browsing through an old New Yorker, I stumbled on this story about how Bill and Hillary Clinton have kissed and made up with Rupert Murdoch. It’s creepily reminiscent of the last scene of Animal Farm, where the pigs have joined the farmers’ poker game and the other animals realize that they can no longer tell the difference.

If Murdoch wanted to stop sliming Democrats generally, that would be one thing. The willingness to forgive is a virtue. But the Clintons seem to be willing to make nice with him as long as he stops sliming them personally, no matter what his minions at Fox News and the New York Post do to Democrats who aren’t collecting $250,000 a speech.

That’s not forgiveness; that’s selling out.

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