Heckuva job, Karl!

Just as the White House planned, a Republican is now Governor of Louisiana. And none of the people who died in the process was a significant Republican contributor. Mission accomplished!

Dear Mr. Rove:

Congratulations! Your plan to take the Louisiana Governor’s mansion from the Democrats worked perfectly. Not only did you and your tame dogs at FEMA discredit Kathleen Blanco, you also managed to drive lots of people who would otherwise have been Democratic voters out of the state entirely. And of course Michael Brown took the hit.

By any reasonable standard, 1400 dead seems an acceptable level of collateral damage. That’s less than half the death toll from 9/11, and almost none of the dead were significant contributors.

Mission accomplished! Take a bow.

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