Gay-baiting in Kentucky

By AFSCME, against Mitch McConnell. Not OK.

I’d love to beat Mitch McConnell, partly because he’s Mitch McConnell and partly because we need that seat to get to a filibuster-proof 60.

But not this way. Or this way.

The folks at AFSCME who cut that radio spot (but not, as far as I can tell, the flyer) should go home and wash their minds out with soap. No excuse. None whatever. If McConnell tried to serve in the military and got booted out because of his sexual orientation, that’s a reason to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, not to replace McConnell. And I don’t think his anti-gay voting record makes his love life any of anyone else’s business.

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: