GOP suicide watch

Sarah Palin leading the pack for 2012?

Is it really possible that GWB and John McCain managed to reduce the Republican Party to such small rump, so dominated by its lunatic fringe, that Sarah Palin could get the nomination in 2012? Maybe. If that happened, I think we’d be looking at Reagan-Mondale numbers, if not Nixon-McGovern or LBJ-Goldwater numbers.

There’s some buzz that the viable candidates (Romney, Huckabee, Jindal) would be willing to let Our Sarah be the sacrificial lamb in a contest that probably isn’t winnable in any case, keeping their powder dry for 2016.

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: