Did any of the folks who were calling Ron Suskind a liar over the DiIulio story ever apologize? Patrick Ruffino, for example, or Robert Novak or Ari Fleischer?

No, I didn’t think so.

Does it bother anybody but me that the official spokesman for the President of the United States seems to tell fibs just to keep in practice?

But note how successful the Bushies were in turning the issue from their utter lack of seriousness about domestic policy first to the question about Suskind’s veracity and then to the morality play about DiIulio’s recantation.

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: